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Friday, May 20, 2022

Actionaid shares 2014 plan and budget with stakeholders

By Alusine Sesay

 As a way of upholding the tenets of transparency and accountability, one of the leading non-governmental organizations operating in Sierra Leone, Actionaid International, yesterday, at the British Council Hall in Freetown, launched and distributed copies of their 2014 annual plans and budget to various stakeholders, including the media, Anti -Corruption Commission, civil society organizations and representatives of communities in which the organization implements diverse projects.

Doing a presentation on the details of the  2014 annual plans and budget, Executive Director of Actionaid International –Sierra Leone, Mohamed Sillah noted that their organization’s accountability learning and planning systems (ALPS) require them to be proactive in sharing information with stakeholders, particularly people living in poverty.

“Information is power and we believe that sharing timely, free-flowing information in a reader-friendly language, form and format, with stakeholders is essential for ensuring accountability, transparency and enhancing learning performance and trust,” he said.

He said the aid organization receives monies on behalf of the public to implement projects in various communities and that it was incumbent on them to share information on all their activities so as to enhance public participation and good governance.

Chair of the occasion, Dr. Abubakarr Kargbo, Chairman of the National Commission for Democracy, said the decision by Actionaid to  launch and distribute  their annual plans and budget to stakeholders  demonstrate that communities constitute core aspect of development, hence should be involved in all activities that affect their daily lives.

“Citizens participation in any activities that affect their lives would ensure ownership of Actionaid programmes. Information is power and Actionaid is of the belief that sharing information shows that they are transparent and accountable to the people they serve,” he said, adding that information sharing would ensure the people are an integral part of the development process.

He said information sharing would go a long way in ensuring effectiveness as well as promote accountability and transparency in governance.

Other representatives from the Anti-Corruption Commission and Ministry of Finance and Economic Development commended the organization for such a laudable initiative of keeping citizens informed about their activities.

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