By Hassan G. Koroma
A Commissioner of the Sierra Leone Human Rights Commission yesterday said the Commission was in dire need of resources, including finance, equipment, transportation, office space, et al, to help its efficacy.
Commissioner Daphne Olu-Williams was speaking yesterday at Kona Lodge in Freetown at the opening ceremony of a three days training session on proposal writing and resources mobilization, conducted by Meaghan Charkowick Consulting Limited and sponsored by the Irish Government, through the Irish Human Rights Commission and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), at Kona Lodge in Freetown.
Ms. Olu-Williams expressed appreciation to the Irish Government and the Irish Human Rights Commission, whom she revealed has assisted the Commission with information and experience in recognising their needs.
She said as capacity builders, the Irish Embassy in Freetown and Irish Human Rights Commission have not only been observing the Sierra Leone Human Rights Commission, but have also been able to interpret their observations.
“Building and developing the capacity of the Sierra Leone Human Rights Commission has become a primary focus of our development agenda to do or to do better than the Commission has the mandate to accomplish,” she said, adding that resource mobilisation is the key to sustainability, hence the significance of the training to them.
On her part, Project Manager of the Irish Human Rights Commission’s Capacity Development Partnership Project, Dr. Avril Hutch, said that in November 2011 the Irish Human Rights Commission signed a three-year project with their Sierra Leone counterparts, and has since conducted several trainings for staff of the Commission.
Dr. Hutch said the project focused on leadership training, business and human rights, guidelines to human rights website, resources and reporting.