PRGDT training workshop underway

By IAfrica
In Gambia
Aug 14th, 2014

Five-day local project management training for recipient communities of the Regional Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change Adaptation in the Sahel and West Africa Programme (PRGDT) projects on Monday commenced at a local hotel in Bakau.

The overall objective is to contribute to building the capacities of the recipient communities of PRGDT funding in local project implementation. 

According to officials, the training session will concern people directly involved in the implementation of the PRGDT project in those communities.

The workshop was initiated and implemented by CILSS with technical and financial support from the European Union (EU). 

In his welcoming remarks, Lamin Queen Jammeh, the governor of North Bank Region said the gathering aimed at developing the capacities of rural communities, project managers and promoters, through training using regional approaches towards Sustainable Land Management (SLM) and climate change adaptation in the Sahel and West Africa.

“You will all agree with me that it is only due to the commitment of our respective governments, development partners and individual efforts that this PRGDT project was conceived sometime back. Now individual projects under this main project are being harmonised for training and currently being attended with great enthusiasm for participants here in The Gambia,” he said.

Governor Jammeh added that the training workshop converged a continuum of all stakeholders on SLM, starting from the local communities of rural policy-makers. 

At national levels, it is a clear manifestation that decentralisation is taking place within the context of differentials, but share responsibility in the management of scarce resources. 

The NBR governor asserted that sound results and impact, as desired by this training could be one of the surest means of improving communities’ livelihoods, which will ensure environment sustainability.   

For his part, Hassan Jallow, the deputy permanent secretary at  CONACILSS of the Ministry of Agriculture revealed that the holding of this session is the culmination of a process that was led consensually with the recipient countries. Due to the commitment of the national authorities in each of their countries, this exercise has been conducted with great enthusiasm and fervour.

He disclosed that it is approximately one year now since the implementation of the investments started in the field, and certainly realise the complexity of the role of the contracting authority, namely CILSS, which is also providing support.

Jallow said this training is not only one response to this concern, but also a platform for multi-stakeholder and multi-country exchanges of experiences gained since the advent of decentralisation in the PRGDT area of intervention. 

“Indeed, given that the decentralisation is taking place in a context of scarce resources, it is more than imperative to ensure their good governance to ensure social cohesion our states and our populations have been longing for local communities are at varying levels depending on the countries’ progress in their decentralisation process,” he stated.

He explained that in any case, building the local capacity in project ownership and management remains a priority and an essential competence for all communities, in that it contributes to the good governance of the scarce resources available. 

He therefore urged the participants to actively participate in this training session, which will focus on several topics, all equally important, including accounting management, procurement, communication, management of structures, monitoring and evaluation

Jallow thanked the CILSS Technical and Financial partners, particularly the French Cooperation, for their commitment and interest in sustainable land management within the context of climate change in the ECOWAS/CILSS region.

  Other speaker at the training was Philippe Zoungrana, CILSS’ focal person, who spoke at length on the importance of the training workshop.

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