FAO South Sudan builds partners’ capacities through multiple trainings

FAO South Sudan is strengthening partners in 2015 and trained hundreds of persons before the Emergency Livelihood Response Programme (ELRP) distribution campaign starts. In 2014, FAOSS developed a framework for “Accountability for Affected Populations” and FAO’s trainings for partners focused around this element of the ELRP strategy.  

FAO’s technical staff also offered trainings on the topics of “Gender”, “Crops”, and “Horticulture.” Over 250 national and international partners registered for these sessions, aiming to ensure that partners on the ground have the capacities to implement programs successfully and to further develop national capacities. There was an overwhelming interest in the training sessions and they will be implemented in the field as well. 

Mr AbdoulKarim Bah, FAO South Sudan Head of Operations and Emergency Response Manager, orchestrated the quickly growing training programme. “Given the significant interest in the trainings, FAO has multiplied its efforts to meet these requests. We tripled the number of training sessions offered because there is a real need for training; there aren’t many opportunities in South Sudan for people to be trained.”

FAO South Sudan has an active commitment to “Accountability for Affected Populations” which increases beneficiaries’ participation and feedback in programme identification, design, delivery and lesson learning.  Through creating a robust Monitoring and Evaluation team last year, FAOSS reached multiple locations around the country to gather feedback from beneficiaries about timeliness of inputs distribution, quantity and quality of inputs delivered.  Many of the results were positive, 88 per cent of beneficiaries interviewed were satisfied with the timeliness of input distributions of crop, vegetable and fishing kits and 97 per cent of beneficiaries interviewed were satisfied with the composition of the emergency kits.  

This year, FAOSS is boosting M&E efforts even further. To increase FAO’s presence in the field, M&E officers will be deployed in each of the ten states, including two in Jonglei State. An extensive training is being provided for field monitors in the coming weeks.

Last year, FAOSS has reached 3.3 million people with the distribution of over 550 000 emergency livelihood kits including crop, vegetable, fishing and including livestock vaccination and treatment kits. Many of these households were reached by the support of partners, which highlights the importance of ensuring partners in the field have the appropriate technical capacities, so beneficiaries get the best possible support.

During the partner training session, Abigail Wathome, Trainer and Technical Officer (Gender in Agriculture and Rural Development) explained the importance of partner’s following guidelines for Gender and Accountability to Affected Populations, “Humanitarian work is about the communities that we serve. They are at the center of everything we do.”

Source : Fao