ACCRA, Ghana (TWN-af)-9 Sept,2011 – A two-day African Regional Capacity Building Workshop for members of Social Watch coalitions has ended in Accra, with a call by members to better-monitor the implementations of social policies and programmes by their governments.
At the opening session, convenor for NETRIGHT Dr Akua Britwum explained the training was important as it would enable members “working in diverse fields” share experiences that would enhance the in-built monitoring systems and mechanisms.
Coordinator for TWN-Africa Dr.Yao Graham said the objective of Social Watch was “to hold government, the UN system and international organizations accountable” for the fulfillment of national, regional and international commitments to eliminate poverty.
Apart from Graham’s presentation of the organisation’s history and perspective, as well as one on “how to build the Social Watch coalition”, other participants offered a perspective on tools for monitoring and evaluating government policies. These are the Basic Capabilities Index(BCI) and GEI(Gender Equity Index).
The second day was dominated by breakout sessions that sought to look at “additionality” for Social Watch; the structure of coalitions at the national level; as well as the challenge of resourcing coalitions.
The meeting ended with suggestions that will seek to offer outreach to Social Watch’s work and activities, as well as enhance visibility of the coalition itself. It was revealed that outreach to UN agencies like UN Women has already started.