The Child Protection Alliance (CPA) under its joint EC project on Friday concluded a three-day training for 30 personnel drawn from civil society organizations on budget analysis and expenditure tracking.
Bridget Tabou Correa, a project coordinator at AtionAid-The Gambia, said the training is organized under a project worth €400, 000 and is co-funded by the European Union (EU) and ActionAid and it is entitled “Empowering Child-focused Organisations to Promote Children’s Rights in 3 regions of The Gambia namely; LRR, CRR and URR”.
According to her, the three-year project jointly implemented by CPA and the Forum for African Women’s Education Gambia Chapter (FAWEGAM), under the overall supervision and management of ActionAid, aims to contribute to the promotion of children’s rights in The Gambia, to ensure that their rights and needs are respected and fulfilled in the 3 regions.
She further revealed that the targeted regions have the highest prevalence rate of child marriage, Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting, low birth registration rates and educational attainment for children below the national average.
Ousman Yabo, the executive director of TANGO said it is important for CSO’s to be able to read and understand government blue prints, adding that no CSO should not work in isolation as all of them be it international or local always work to compliment government’s development plans.
Yabo acknowledged that these are some of the trainings that CSO’s require, because government budget is key as it encompasses all expenditures in every sector.
Yankuba Manjang, a participant from the Peace Ambassadors, expressed gratitude to the organisers of the training, saying the forum has availed them the opportunity to learn new things especially on budget analysis and expenditure tracking.
Other speakers include; Njundu Drammeh of CPA and Omar Badjie, the executive director of ActionAid-The Gambia, among others.
by Fatou Sowe