Empowering civil society organizations on their paths toward success

Jun 7, 2016

UNDP Deputy Country Director of Operations Elliman Jagne explains to the participants what make a proposal successful. Photo: UNDP

How do you write a good proposal? How do you monitor and evaluate project activities? How do you mainstream gender into projects? What are the best communication channels to give visibility to your activities? How do you manage project finances? These are some of the issues UNDP’s Community Security and Small Arms Control (CSAC) project address with civil society organizations (CSO’s) receiving small grants from UNDP.

The CSAC team conducted a two-day induction workshop with the aim of familiarizing CSO’s with UNDP’s internal procedures in order to enable them to implement activities under CSAC’s small grant facility.

Civil society organizations in South Sudan are playing a central role in building resilient and peaceful communities.

‘’UNDP works with civil society organizations all over the world because we believe that engagement with civil society is critical to national ownership of the development process,” said UNDP Deputy Country Director of Operations Elliman Jagne. “Through the small grant activities, you have contributed to bringing together divided communities, strengthening the knowledge of community members about peacebuilding and reconciliation, and informing them about the ongoing peace process.”

During the workshop, participants learned how to prepare a successful proposal, procurement principles, finance management and how to write good reports, the context in which they are going to develop the project, and the target audience which will benefit from their activities, among other issues.

“The partners have to maximize the resources that UNDP give to them. The partnership must be based in integrity and realistic expectations with a special focus on women, children and youth,” said UNDP CSAC Project Manager Judy Wakahiu. “Your organization should be also accountable, independent and aligned to UN principles. We are going to build your capacities and work with you, and we will all benefit from this partnership.”

The CSO’s selected will develop their activities to achieve the following outputs: 1) Strengthening interdependencies to accelerate peaceful co-existence and 2) Strengthen civil society voices, support accountability and engender social inclusion.

The invited CSO’s already implemented activities in 2015 under the first round of small grants. Based on their performance, the Small Grant Evaluation Committee has recommended them for extension of small grant agreements in 2016. A number of capacity gaps were identified during the first round, hence the CSAC project planned a number of supporting activities to strengthen the capacities of participating CSO’s in 2016. The induction workshop is part of those supporting activities.

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