By Citizens Engagement Platform Seychelles, Forus' member
Social issues are becoming increasingly more complex and diverse in Seychelles. The Citizens Engagement Platform Seychelles (CEPS) has identified a lack of a sustainable coordinated, integrated and synergic approach to addressing social problems, either within the civil society sector or even at a national level. This has created consistent barriers and disconnectedness impacting in reducing the effectiveness in addressing social issues within a productive, comprehensive and sustainable framework. To that effect, CEPS solicited funding from Forus to identify, through an assessment, specific capacity learning and skills needs of civil society in social program design and delivery.
The approach used to conduct the assessment had to be reviewed as questionnaires sent through emails for feedback did not bring the desired results. Hence, there was a need to re-strategies and come up with new approaches such as focus group discussions and semi-structured interview. Analysis of the assessment indicated that NGOs have a lot of difficulties in accessing resources, both financial and human; long bureaucratic, restrictive processes and procedures by government organisations and agencies; the lack of collaboration and support from government and other stakeholders and the need for training and research. The lesson learned and challenges of the assessment were the basis of the training content.
The training component of the project was the ideal platform to bring together 35 NGOs operating within the social sector to exchange information, ideas and develop professional contacts. Secondly, since the training was related to project design of Social Programme and Best Practices therefore it was an opportunity for participants to create synergies, share and discuss project implementation weaknesses and acquire knowledge and skills on how to plan and better deliver impactful projects.
The trainings covered an array of topics, including case studies, which are relevant to their work as NGOs equipping them with the necessary skills to better implement the knowledge acquired within their respective organisations. They were also provided with tools and tips that can be implemented and improved in their organisations.
In addition, the research conducted and training content developed under this project will be shared with civil society platforms within Indian Ocean region for information sharing and implementation as we face similar social issues.