By Francis Ndanema in Moyamba
Action Aid Sierra Leone’s Moyamba office has completed their 2013 assessment of the activities of both their partners and the organisation. The assessment was done in the presence of Moyamba District authorities, partners and members of the media.
Delivering the purpose of the assessment, the impact assessment and shared learning coordinator, Bartholomew Kamara, said they do such assessment every year to gauge their successes, challenges and where they went wrong in implementing their activities.
He pointed out that in a bid to fight poverty in their operational areas, they have been using the rights-based approach. The rights-based approach, he explained, will help communities to know their rights which they can use as a tool to drive poverty.
However, during the meeting, some ministries denied knowledge about the implementation of some of the activities highlighted by the organisation, pointing out that they were not involved and would therefore want to know whether monies giving to partners were made public and why the partners failed to implement all the projects despite they receiving 100% funding for all the activities they had proposed to carry out.
Responding to the queries and concerns from participants at the meeting, both representatives of the Integrated Action for Rural Development (IARD) and Mocada organizations – two key partners to Action Aid – said they always make monies received from the organisation known to project participants, and that they are involving staff of ministries they operate with in the implementation of projects.
They claimed that some of the staff that were involved were never reporting about their activities to the heads of ministries invited for the assessment meeting. They however resolved to be informing the heads of the ministries about their activities so that they would be abreast with all projects being implemented this year.
Reacting to queries as to why all of their activities were not implemented, the partners claimed that the remaining programmes were the ones they were to implement during the raining season, but that the roads were so bad that they were unable to access the communities in which the projects were to be implemented.
They promised to complete the projects by mid February this year.
Both the partners and Action Aid Sierra Leone promised to be more accountable than ever before.