A Dutch relief organization working in Sierra Leone, CORDAID has started a two day meeting at Hill Valley Hotel on conflict transformation and the theory of change.
CORDAID has been working in Sierra Leone for over 20 years on entrepreneurship, health- care and wellbeing, women and violence.
The main objective of the meeting is to develop a strategic framework for a joint intervention of CORDAID, partner organizations and other stakeholders in Sierra Leone. Participants will be working on developing a joint context analysis of the country and a ‘theory of change’ for the new holistic programme on conflict transformation.
In his video message, CORDAID Director, Rene Grotenhuis explained the need for input of partners in the strategic planning process of CORDAID. The Director’s message focused on the important role of civil society organizations in society, specifically with regards to countries emerging from conflict. He reiterated that civil society organizations have a role in improving access to basic services and entitlements, giving voice to the voiceless and challenge injustice and unequal power relations which excludes vulnerable groups. They are in a position to engage in critical dialogue with governments and the private sector, he said.
CORDAID project Officer, Sanne Bijlsma stated that her organization supports local civil society organizations that are working towards an equal society. She added that they also recognize the power of people to bring about positive changes in their own lives. The ultimate objective she explained is to enable excluded and marginalized people to achieve their full potential in their local, national and international communities, in a world that belongs to us all.
CORDAID, Sanne said, sees its partners as strong ‘agents for change’ who can foster development through programming lobby and advocacy.
By Abibatu Kamara