ENCISS has today concluded a policy dialogue forum that will look at progress made in the Social Protection Pillar of the Government’s Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP III), ‘Agenda for Prosperity’.
Organized by the ENCISS implementing partners for the Western Area, in collaboration with the Governance Stakeholder’s Coordination Forum (GSCF), the event explored ways in which the Social Protection Pillar also known as Pillar 6 is being implemented.
Pillar 6 looks at ways to deliver a ‘social safety net’, such as through the use of initiatives targeting 12,000 extremely poor households in four pilot districts Kono, Moyamba, Bombali and Western Rural. These initiatives include flagship projects such as the National Population Census of 2014.
As a result, during the policy dialogue forum, progress updates will be given on the census and the Social Safety Net project. It is hoped that this will deepen citizens’ knowledge of Pillar 6, and ensure civil society organisations (CSOs) are better prepared and able to understand the anticipated successes and perceived challenges under this pillar.
Some 80 people were invited to the event, including representatives from NaCSA (the National Commission for Social Action), the Chief of Staff in the Office of the President, the Anti-Corruption Commission, the Western Urban and Rural Council, the Ministry of Social Welfare, the Ministry of Labour & Social Security, the Ministry of Finance, Statistics Sierra Leone and GSCF member organisations such as Christian Aid.
The overall goal of the policy dialogue forum was to create a platform where CSOs, NaCSA GSCF members, their partners, and other relevant stakeholders involved with implementing flagship Pillar 6 projects will interact, build synergies and add value to the process.
ENCISS has said that it is of the belief that the forum will result in CSOs being better equipped to plan strategies related to awareness raising and monitoring of the Pillar-6 project activities within their communities. It will also enable them to deepen their engagements with relevant stakeholders in this area.
The agenda will include presentations on the status, successes and challenges of the Social Safety Net project and the census. There will also be time for questions and answers, to chart the way forward in ENCISS’ advocacy and awareness-raising activities surrounding this pillar.
Wednesday July 30, 2014