Wednesday, 06 April 2016 00:00

Report of the CPDE Capacity Building Workshop in Central Africa

In a strong vigor to strengthen the capacity of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Central Africa on development effectiveness; the "Civil Society Syndicate for Food Security and Rural Development (COSADER)" based in Cameroon and in partnership with "Reality of Aid for Africa (ROA Africa)", as the Regional Secretariat of the CSO partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) for Africa, jointly organized a capacity strengthening workshop in Yaoundé, February 15 to 17,2016, regarding monitoring the implementation of the Busan commitments as wells as the lobbying and advocacy strategies in favor of an enabling environment for CSOs, meant to ease the process of undertaking substantive work with governments and other development partners. The workshop discussions were specifically focused on:

1. Prepare Central African CSOs to engage in advocacy work to get the government, development partners, the private sector and parliamentarians to engage in the implementation of the Busan commitments;
2. Empower CSOs with the vital tools to monitor the implementation of the Busan commitments regarding the Rights-Based Approach(RBA) to development;
3. Train CSOs on how to monitor the Istanbul Principles with a special focus on setting accountability standards for civil society entities.

This workshop is a follow-up of previous workshops organized by the CPDE in Douala from 11 to 13 March 2013 and 23 to 24 June 2014, devoted respectively on "Operationalizing the CPDE" and finalizing its 2014-2015 action plan, that brought together participants from CPDE national coordination in Central Africa (Burundi, Congo, Gabon, CAR, DRC, Chad, Rwanda) in order to ensure consistency in the action plan of the sub-region with the aforementioned objectives. It is worth acknowledging that, the participants of this workshop, most of who are at work for the past three (03) years, have been fostering the work of CPDE in their respective countries.

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