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Training on NGO performance standards wraps up

Dec 10, 2012, 10:48 AM | Article By: Isatou Senghore

The Association of NGOs in The Gambia (TANGO) recently concluded training on NGOs performance standards at its office in Kanifing.

The training formed part of a one-year project on enhancing efficiency and accountability of NGOs, which is being funded by the Japanese Social Development Fund and administered through the World Bank.

The project was designed to strengthen NGOs’ capacity in order to strengthen programme design, implementation and improve service delivery in the fight against poverty.

Speaking at the closing ceremony, Ousman Yabo, executive director of TANGO, commended the participants for their excellent participation during the eight days of training.

He urged them to utilize the knowledge gained from the training and disseminate to their other colleagues who could not take part in the training.

Mr Yarbo expressed hope that the training would help them to uplift their institutions to make them more effective.

He thanked the Educational Research Network for West Africa and Central Africa (ERNWACA), the facilitators of the training and his staff for their good work during the training.

He describes an NGO worker as a volunteer who supports national development programmes and being transparent in addressing community level.

Kebba Barrow, TANGO programme officer for networking, joined his boss in thanking the participants for their active participation.

The training started last year October and the key aspect of it is the modules that were approved by World Bank, he noted, saying that was the last batch of the project after training over 20 organizations including non-TANGO members.

He also said their intent is to continue the partnership with the World Bank.

For his part, Madi Jorbateh, programme manager of TANGO, said his institution has taken leadership, noting that they have done series of training for the past months while urging the workshop participants to maintain the knowledge gained and applied it in their workplaces.

He also commended ERNWACA for their support towards the training.

Abdoulie O. Bittaye, co-facilitator of the programme, told the gathering that ERNWACA are in 16 countries that are members of the network both English and French-speaking countries.

He said they started the project by doing e-learning and came with a report of five modules, adding that it was easy but they came with what was expected from them.

He also commended his co-facilitators, TANGO, and all those involved in the training to ensure it was successful.

Joanna Mendy, who spoke on behalf of the participants, thanked TANGO for providing this kind of training for them.

He promised they would make good use of the knowledge gained while assuring them that they would share the knowledge with others who did not take part in the training.