USAID-LEGIT Conducts Social Inclusion, Gender Awareness in Gbarnga

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Partial view of the participants at the program in Gbarnga

As part of its efforts to build the capacity of CSOs, CBOs, local authorities and other stakeholders to contribute to the provision of efficient services, USAID-LEGIT is conducting a two-day training of trainers workshop in Gbarnga, Bong County.

The training of trainers workshop commenced on Thursday, May 25, at a resort in Gbarnga and brought together participants from the Governance Commission, the Ministries of Youth and Sports and Gender, Children and Social Protection, CSOs, CBOs, other stakeholders and representatives from Bong, Nimba, and Grand Gedeh counties.

During the opening ceremony, the Mayor of Gbarnga, Viola R. Cooper, welcomed the participants and encouraged them to take advantage of the opportunity provided to them by USAID-LEGIT to put into practice social inclusion in service delivery.

In remarks, Mr. K. Dadda Pay-Bayee, a representative from the Bong County superintendent’s office, also expressed appreciation to USAID-LEGIT for affording them the opportunity to gain knowledge on gender awareness and social inclusion.

USAID-LEGIT Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Manager George Tee Forpoh provided an overview of the LEGIT Project. He said LEGIT seeks to strengthen the government’s policy on decentralization by promoting the tenets of transparency, effectiveness and accountability of government resources.

He said that the LEGIT project has five components, which are: to work with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Governance Commission; to help strengthen the government’s decentralization program; to strengthen county governments in order to enhance their capacities in local governance; to strengthen city authorities in providing quality services for city residents; and to work with civil society and community based organizations for quality services from city and county authorities through the use of social auditing tools.

Mr. Forpoh explained that LEGIT operates in three counties and cities, namely Bong (Gbarnga City), Nimba (Gompa City) and Grand Gedeh (Zwedru City). He also said the training specifically focuses on four components of the USAID-LEGIT project in Liberia

At the first day of the training, facilitator Jenna Luche-Thayer took the participants to the training environment. The first presentation focused on ‘Social Inclusion & Gender Awareness & Appreciative Inquiry,’ while the last presentation concentrated on ‘The Introduction of Decentralization,’ with case studies.

The training is to familiarize participants with the methods and approaches for social inclusion and gender mainstreaming and to also impart the necessary skills and practical aspects on social inclusion relative to the implementation of social inclusion tenets to the participants.

The two-day training ends May 26, 2017.

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