Created on Tuesday, 30 Aug 2016 15:32:50

Civil Society Organisations Finish First Training Workshop on Policy Monitoring

AT LEAST eight civil society organisations (CSOs) recently participated in a four day workshop on policy monitoring put on by the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition and the Jamaica Civil Society Coalition.

The training was designed to boost their ability to monitor human rights and governance issues in Jamaica. The training is being done under a two-year project titled, “Improved Civil Society Capacity for Research-Based Advocacy”. Funded by the European Union (EU), the project is being implemented jointly by the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC) and the Jamaica Civil Society Coalition (JCSC).

“We want to make sure that these organisations have the capacity to do the relevant policy research and highlight areas where there needs to be greater accountability,” said CarolynGomes, Executive Director of CVC.

 

“CVC and JCSC intend to ensure that their partner organisations are coordinated to build momentum and continue to deepen and strengthen the engagement of civil society in the governance processes of the country,” she added.

Based on the work of both CVC and JCSC, it was revealed that many CSOs have limited policy-monitoring capacity as well as limited ability to do the research required for policy critique and for the articulation of CSO policy positions and advocacy.

At the workshop, presentations were made by representatives from the Ministry of Health, the National Family Planning Board, the EU, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Jamaica Employers’ Federation, the Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV/AIDS (PANCAP) and the Health Economics Unit (HEU) at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine. The HEU will be working partnering with the CVC and the JCSC to implement several of the policy monitoring workshops to be implemented under the project.

Among the organisations trained at the first workshop were Jamaica Community of Positive Women, Jamaica Aids Support for Life, The Ashe Company, Jamaica Youth Advocacy Network, JFLAG, Stand up for Jamaica, Woman Inc, and Jamaica Network of Seropositives.  As a part of the outcome of the workshop these organisations were split into groups to do research on policy areas of interest to them. The groups have received small grant funds to do the research over a 6 week period upon the completion of which it will be shared with policy makers and other key stakeholders.

The next policy monitoring workshop will be held on September 20-21 in Kingston.

For more information, contact Indi Mclymont-Lafayette at indidlk@yahoo.com or 852-8763.

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