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Strengthening Civil Society Organizations: A One-Day Meeting for Heads of Organizations to Foster Peace and Development

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In an increasingly complex and interconnected world, the role of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) has become crucial in promoting peace and driving sustainable development. Recognizing the significance of these organizations, a one-day meeting was held, bringing together heads of various CSOs in Bamenda. The objective was to facilitate meaningful discussions and devise strategies to strengthen the capacity of CSOs in their pursuit of peacebuilding and development initiatives.

The meeting, titled “Strengthening the Capacities of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), and Community Initiative Groups (CIGs) in the North west and South west Regions for sustainable peace and development,” took place at the GRACARO office, up station Bamenda. It was attended by 8 heads of CSOs, united by their common goal of creating positive change in their respective communities.

Interactive Session

During the meeting, top of the agenda was on developing a concept note on strengthening the capacities of CSOs and CIGs in these regions for peace and sustainability, as well as a review of a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU)to bind the coalition members for project development and implementation. The participants engaged in interactive sessions focusing on strengthening the internal capacities of CSOs. Topics included executive summary, introduction, background, objectives, methodology, activities, expected results, budget, sustainability as well as monitoring and evaluation. Madam Monica Keke was the facilitator for this session.

Madam Monica Keke

                                      Madam Monica Keke

Participants pledged to enhance cooperation, share resources and knowledge, and support each other’s initiatives. Additionally, a comprehensive roadmap was developed, outlining strategies for CSOs to engage with governments, international organizations, and the private sector to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Discussions towards the visit of the consultant and finance expert to carryout an organizational assessment was among what was deliberated on. It was agreed that, other organizations interested in meeting the consultant can notify as well as those who need Organizational Development Plans (ODP), finance reports and procedures.

The one-day meeting for heads of CSOs served as a platform for knowledge exchange, collaboration, and collective action. It emphasized the critical role of CSOs in promoting peace and driving sustainable development. By strengthening the capacity of these organizations, empowering local communities, and fostering partnerships, CSOs can contribute significantly to building a peaceful and prosperous world. The outcomes of this meeting will serve as a roadmap for future efforts, inspiring CSOs to continue their vital work

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