January 15, 2015 By Ibrahim Tarawallie
The National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA) and World Vision International are set to establish a working partnership to deliver much-needed services to deprived and vulnerable communities in Sierra Leone. The partnership building initiative was discussed during a joint meeting held between the two institutions at the NaCSA headquarters in Freetown recently.
According to the Country Director of World Vision, Leslie Scott, the organization seeks to provide justice for the poor, oppressed and marginalized people, adding that in the past 15 years, they have also delivered services in areas such as health, education, relief supply, water, sanitation and hygiene, and micro-enterprise development, especially in rural communities.
Scott expressed enthusiasm in collaborating with NaCSA in jointly designing and implementing similar community development programmes.
“As an agency that delivers multi-faceted projects, NaCSA’s mission and mandate makes it a naturally better partner that can be collaborated with in enhancing effective project service delivery to vulnerable communities,” the World Vision Country Director said at the meeting.
In his response, Commissioner of NaCSA, Alie Badara Mansaray, noted that much can be achieved through effective partnership and collaboration. He lauded World Vision for being the first non-governmental organization to have boldly expressed genuine interest and desire to form partnership with a government agency such as NaCSA.
He expressed hope that other NGOs would emulate the example of World Vision in creating linkages and synergies for effective service delivery and avoiding duplication of activities.
“Since its establishment as an institution that provided mainly relief, resettlement and rehabilitation in post-conflict Sierra Leone, NaCSA has repositioned itself over the years to be better placed in promoting community-based demand-driven and sustainable development activities leading to the alleviation of poverty and improvement in the speed, quality and impact of development initiatives,” he said.
According to him, NaCSA has come a long way and as the new commissioner, he is determined to take the commission to another level.
As both institutions plan to discuss further in advancing their relationship, possible areas of collaboration may include micro enterprise development and the current fight against Ebola as well as post-Ebola.
NaCSA is due to service some 9,000 Ebola affected and extremely poor households in six districts with the highest Ebola caseloads as part of its Social Safety Net Cash Transfer programme, thanks to the World Bank, UNICEF and the German Development Bank.