Civil Society organizations have been challenged to always uphold transparency if they are to remain relevant in the areas within which they operate.
The call was made by Ntungamo district Local Council V Chairperson Denis Singhahache while speaking at the entry meeting for the sustainable outcomes for children and youth (SOCY).
Singhahache revealed that some organizations have failed to deliver to the expectations of the leaders.
He challenged the project implementing partners Community Volunteer Initiative for Development (COVOID) to work closely with relevant district departments to achieve the set objects.
“I emphasize the issue of effective communication and transparency when we are running some of these activities; our people can feel comfortable to sort the government agenda of 2040 seeing people who are prosperous” Singhahache explains
Fedelis Kiiza, the Ntungamo Principal Assistant secretary who chaired the meeting revealed that nongovernmental organizations and other project partners should always prepare the beneficiaries of the projects in question to ensure that the activities that are being done are sustained by the host communities even when the donations have phased out.
“We should interact with communities in the way of powering them to be self sustainable not just waiting for handouts and support from the stakeholders” Fedelis said
Elijah Atuhaire the Ntungamo district speaker revealed that there is need for joint efforts if the project is to succeed. He revealed that information sharing and supporting one another will make it easy for the intended goals to be achieved.
SOCY is funded by USAID through Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to implement the project on Socio-economic and life skills activities for youths and adolescent girls.
The project makes three important interventions aimed at economically empowering orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), youth and their care givers to effectively access core services.
This is done through life skills training of OVC and youth, vocational skills training and agro-enterprise training.
The meeting was attended by the district’s top leadership, Security officials and members of the civil society.