Apr 29, 2009, 9:07 AM
Pro-PAG Advocacy Group on Wednesday opened a three-day capacity-building workshop for Civil Society Organisations (CSO), media and development partners on the community score card, at Baobab Holiday Resort, with participants drawn from various institutions. The UK Department for International Development provided funding for the programame.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Acting Director of Pro- PAG, Mr. John Charles Njie said the objective of the forum is to strengthen the accountability relationship between duty bearer and right holders by constantly monitoring its implementation and evaluation.
He noted that "managing for development results requires civil society organisations to play an active role in citizen based performance monitoring as part of their oversight responsibility." He asserted that the community participation in the attainment of Vision 2020 is very vital.
He added that bringing such stakeholders in a forum to discuss about this vision cannot be over-emphasised. He then challenged the participants to take the forum seriously, as according to him, it is important as any other forum.
For his part, the Secretary-General of Pro-PAG Sheikh Lewis commended Pro-PAG for organising such an important forum. He said it?s not only the government that should be accountable, but also the civil society.