Strengthening the Capacities of Child Rights Organisations In Liberia

Strengthening the Capacities of Child Rights Organisations In Liberia

Five civil society organisations (CSOs) in Liberia have benefitted from a five-day training in Monrovia from 15 to 18 October 2019.

The organisations who are partners of the Fund for Global Human Rights (FGHR) were guided to reflect on best practices that would enable them to strengthen their institutional and operational systems. The training covered topics such as organisational governance, leadership and talent management, sustainability and resource mobilisation and communicating impact.

16 participants from the 5 organisations expressed satisfaction with the training content and its delivery. They attested that they have gained new knowledge that would create a lasting positive impact on their work.

Shirley Sherman, Executive Director of the Action for Justice and Human Rights (AJHR) was pleased to be a participant at the training.

“This training came at the right time. Obviously, we are six months [in existence], we are very young, so the content of the training has been informative,” she said.

Sherman added that the session on board governance was key for them. It enabled her to know what kind of board her organisation needs to take them from where they are to where they want to be. She also said the session on sustainability and fundraising was an eye-opener for her and very relevant to AJHR.

“Most of the time we tend to look at the traditional fundraising method. But what I learned is that there are other [fundraising] methods that we have not explored. Looking at people outside of the country, doing our own business that can generate money rather than just focusing on calls for proposal,” Sherman shared.

This training was designed by the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) in response to an internal capacity needs assessment conducted by WACSI for 12 of FGHR’s partners in Guinea (3), Liberia (5) and Sierra Leone (4).

Anonymous feedback collated from the daily training assessment tool administered during this training showcased participant’s satisfaction with the content and training approach utilised by WACSI’s capacity development team.

“I am very impressed because the content increased my understanding of governance and board functions”, a participant said.

“I can now be a much more functional leader than the ordinary positional leader”, another participant noted.

WACSI’s team will provide similar training to organisations in Sierra Leone from 21 to 25 October and in Guinea from 28 October to 1 November 2019.

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