A two-day international training of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) on internal control system, commenced yesterday at the Grassroots Gender Empowerment Movement (GEM) conference hall in Freetown.
The training organized by the International Child Development Initiative (ICDI) in collaboration with One Family People (OFP) targeted CSOs working on disability issues.
The training will focus mainly on internal control system which is lacking, but most crucial and important for daily operations based on individual and collective mandate.
OFP is a disability focus organization, building the capacity of local organizations and promoting equal rights and opportunities for girls and young women in Sierra Leone.
ICDI Director and Trainer from the Netherlands, Mathijs Euwema, said “we want to help the organization build effective network and for them to work effectively on the rights of people living with disability”.
He stated that an effective network can work if it has an ambition, people, an action plan and means, adding that if one of these is not in place, forget about it and spend energy on better things.
Program Manager, OFP, Hadiatou Diallo, said sustaining an organization is not an easy task, but we try to share idea with them on best practices.
“Our goal is to restore the dignity of persons living with disability and help them to participate in everyday life”, she said.
She added that some of the disable persons are talented and we need to explore their talents.
The Programme Manager reiterated that “we want the society to accept them and bring them onboard”.
Topics taught at the training included: networking that works, research with children, project management, and good people management.
The training ends today.
By Abibatu Kamara