Sep 6, 2010, 4:01 PM
National Assembly Members were recently trained on community-based performance monitoring project. The training, organised and conducted by Pro- poor Advocacy Group was held at the Baobab Resort.
In his welcoming remarks, the Programme Officer, Mr. Omar Jobe said the training was aimed at strengthening the capacity of the National Assembly Members on community scorecard. He added that Pro-poor deemed it necessary to organise the training in the sense that National Assembly Members play an active role in citizen-based performance monitoring as part of their oversight responsibility.
Mr. Jobe further stated that performance monitoring is one of several participatory strategies to hold governments accountable for the management of public resources. He said within that framework the community scorecard is perceived as a powerful instrument for assessing public service delivery and can help empower development stakeholders and citizens to hold duty-bearer and service providers accountable.
Mr. Jobe further commended the National Assembly Members for their response, noting that it is a clear indication of their high sense of commitment towards national development.
For his part, the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Honourable Abdoulie Bojang commended Pro-poor for what he described as a real partnership between the NAMS and Pro-poor. He then challenged the