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Social Watch to Hold a Two-Day Capacity-Building Workshop

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 ACCRA, Ghana (TWN-af)-6 Sept,2011 – Social Watch will hold a two-day Regional Capacity Building Workshop from 7-8 September at Mensvic Grand Hotel, Accra, Ghana.

Social Watch is an international network of citizens’ organizations struggling to eradicate poverty and the causes of poverty, to ensure an equitable distribution of wealth and the realization of human rights. Social Watch is committed to social, economic and gender justice, and emphasizes the right of all people not to be poor. Devoted to the eradication of poverty and an end to all forms of discrimination, the network is promoted and developed by several hundred groups and organizations in more than 60 countries. In principle, they are organized in national coalitions. They build the fundament of all activities of Social Watch

The objective of the regional capacity building workshop is to strengthen the capacity of Social Watch coalitions in the African region to be able to actively monitor the implementation of social policies of their own governments. The workshop will thus seek to equip members with tools and skills needed to:

Monitor and hold governments and international organizations accountable to the implementation of commitments on gender equity and poverty reduction (including the MDGs).

Strengthen the capacity of national coalitions to campaign effectively for social policy change and increased social accountability of governments

Improve the quality of national reports produced on poverty, gender, and social development.

Increase the membership of the Social Watch coalitions at the national level, leading to a higher mix of skills and expertise, and increased credibility and representativeness.

The workshop is the first of a series that Social Watch has started as part of a three year programme to improve the capacity of its members in developing countries through a series of workshops in Africa, Asia and Latin America.


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