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CGG capacitates CSOs, network staff

July 2, 2019

By Emmanuel Okyne

CSOs and network staff at the two – day training at SLAJ Secretariat Hall

Campaign for Good Governance (CGG) has concluded a two-day training session for forty Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and network staff on transformational leadership, participatory monitoring and accountability in the Western Area.

The project was supported by the European Union through Action Aid Sierra Leone.

The training session took place at the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists Headquarters on Campbell Street.

The Programme Coordinator for CGG, Ibrahim Sesay, said the project aims to build the capacity of CSOs, their network and local authorities to reinforce local democratic governance.

He said the project focuses on health, agriculture, social welfare, local government and decentralization.

“We are working towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals 16,” he said

He said with the principle of inclusiveness at the core of their actions, the consortium will work with CSOs led by women, youth and people living with disability to build the capacity of women and girls.

“The government has committed to the SDG 16 to ensuring responsive inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels, developing institutions of good governance and promoting non-discriminatory polices for sustainable development,” he added.

Sesay said CSOs struggle to secure funding for their work because of the absence of fundraising skills and donor scarcity, noting that such training would help broaden their skills.

Princess Yambaso of Women Initiative Development Network (WINDO) thanked the donor partners for building their capacity, adding that they have learnt new things that they would implement in their various communities.

Madam Yambaso said the project was gender friendly as it took cognizance of women and disabled in the different communities.

“I am happy over 400 women activists will participate in the three- year project as the three expected outcomes are demand for policy change, share experiences and participatory approach,” she echoed.

Yambaso pointed out that involving the community was the best approach for the government to know whether they were on track with development activities.

She said participatory approach can ensure that those in authorities’ should act promptly to the demand of its people.

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