Action Aid International Sierra Leone office will commence their 21st anniversary celebrations today. They started operations in the country by undertaking a series of developmental programs that benefits the poor and excluded people.
The organization has worked with deprived communities experiencing extreme poverty even before the civil conflict broke out in Sierra Leone.
The biggest challenge has been how to proceed with a soft systems approach to development through community mobilization, participation and empowerment, Capacity Building and partnership, rights promotions and other policy related work.
In the midst of such devastation, it is difficult for people to understand development approaches that do not address immediate needs such as schools, roads, health centers etc.
Action Aid International Sierra Leone Programme has used various methods and approaches based entirely on institutionalizing the human rights based approach to development and approach that thrives on equal participation of all stakeholders.
Action Aid soft systems approach to development has by all indications created a better understanding of poverty issues and had a positive impact on poverty alleviation at the family as well as the community in all of its areas of intervention
The Action Aid approach has been able to address a range of issues with huge success and lasting development impact on poor communities across Sierra Leone.
As Action Aid celebrates their twenty one years working with the poor and excluded in Sierra Leone, the Management and Staff of the organization acknowledged the fact that an enabling environment created by the Government of Sierra Leone made it possible for their success in helping the people.
The organization is of the fervent hope that the space needed to achieve a society devoid of injustice and poverty will continue to be created by state organs and other stakeholders as stated by the country Director Tennyson Williams who is expected to make a statement today at the conference room of the organization on their work over
By Saidu Bah