The Performance Management and Service Delivery Directorate in the Office of the Chief of Staff (PMSD) Monday 17th July 2017 engaged civil society organizations drawn from different consortiums at a four-day community and civil society organization accountability initiative training at the African Graduate University Campus, Civil Service Training College, Tower Hill in Freetown.
The training is being organized by the Office of Chief of Staff through PMSD with funding and capacity building support from UNICEF.
Welcoming participants at the training, Director PMSD Mr Abdul Rahman Sowa described the process as the most important initiative as it has always been emphasized by His Excellency President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma.
On performance contracts and community engagement project, Mr Sowa catalogued the lack of accountability, checks and balances, as well as unresponsiveness to service delivery by ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) as some of the key factors affecting efficient service delivery, adding that there is no clear strategy for effective service delivery.
He appealed to CSOs to embrace national issues and thanked them for their continued collaboration with government in the best interest of the country.
Facilitator on Communication for Development at UNICEF Sierra Leone, Kshitij Joshi entreated CSOs to explore the learning opportunity being offered during the sessions.
Social Planning and Decentralization Specialist at UNICEF, Dr Robert Moikowa said the process is a serious interactive learning session, pointing out that the objective is how best the desired goals of the process can be achieved out of the four-day gathering.
Giving a background of the initiative, Performance Coordinator PMSD Mr Juana Bonapha Blyden recalled the roles played by community leaders in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease, through coordination, checks and balance systems on effort of government. He said the training is geared towards improving government's service delivery, the lives of youth, women and children, as well as enhancing transparency and accountability at all levels.
Mr Blyden said the training will provide information on service delivery and performance contracts, adding that it will also strengthen community leadership for effective accountability in governance especially around the bylaws for village development committees.
He disclosed that the training also facilitates synergies and coordination between MDAs through consultation at different levels and get women and youth involve in planning and decision making.
Questions from participants climaxed the opening secession.