22 November 2012

Gambia: NGO Performance Training Concluded

A two-week Non-governmental Organisation training workshop on performance standards, quality assurance, learning events, performance assessments and staff development recently ended at the conference hall of The Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (TANGO) in Fajara.

Bankrolled by the Japanese Social Development Fund (JSDF) and administrated through the World Bank (WB), the training is part of one year project that TANGO is currently implementing in enhancing efficiency and accountability of NGOs. The project is designed to strengthen programme design, management and implementation and improve service delivery in the fight against poverty.

One of the areas of focus of the project is NGO performance evaluation that seeks to identify and deliver training in five modules as mentioned above. The study was conducted by the Educational Research Network for the West and Central Africa-Gambia chapter (ERNWACA), which also delivered the modules.

Speaking at the closing ceremony, the executive director of TANGO, Ousman Yarbo, said the Organisation was fortunate to get funding from the World Bank (WB), part of which he explained, was to address NGO efficiency and effectiveness. "A number of consultancy works were given out and one of those went to Educational Research Network for the West and Central Africa, Gambia chapter (ERNWACA)," he explained.

Yarbo commended ERNWACA for the time and energy they have spent on the work, noting that part of the consultancy job ERNWACA did was their contribution to nation building.

"TANGO has a mandate which is to support its members and we are trying to fulfill that by bringing NGOs together and give them the little we have so that their individual organisations can make a difference," Yarbo underscored.

The lead consultant, Abdoulie O. Bittaye, said the project was given to Educational Research Network for the West and Central Africa (ERNWACA) to develop modules on performance standards for NGOs.

He described the training as interactive, in that they learnt from each other during the process. "We have been able to cover all the areas," he concluded.

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