Improving skills of Community Based Organizations

08 Nov 2011

Improving the skills and capacities of Community Based Organizations (CBOs) is crucial to ensure better service delivery and stronger community participation in the development process. Further, it is also essential to strengthen the networking capabilities of these CBO’s with Government institutions such as the District Secretariat and Divisional Secretariat to achieve them. As such, UNDP’s Local Governance Project (LoGoPro) conducted two symposiums for CBOs operating in the Mullaitivu, Vavuniya, Kilinochchi and Mannar districts with the participation of the respective District Secretaries, Divisional Secretaries and the Field Officers of the Divisions.

The symposiums were aimed at understanding the need and good practices of networking, emphasizing the role of women in development and the need for their participation in decision making and good governance practices, while also strengthening the ability of CBO members to better advocate on behalf of their communities and monitor the quality of local service providers.

A total of 120 participants including 88 members representing 44 CBOs participated at the first symposium conducted for CBOs in selected divisions in Vavuniya and Mullaivitu, which was held on November 3 and 4. The second symposium held on November 21 and 22 saw the participation of 148 officials including 118 members from 59 CBOs operating in Kilinochchi and Mannar districts. The respective Government Agents, Divisional Secretaries, Rural Development Officers, representatives from UNDP and other intermediary organizations also participated at the event.

With this component of the Local Governance Project drawing to a close this year, all activities of CBOs will be handed over to the Government Authorities. As such, this improved knowledge will ensure CBOs are better able to represent public.