Fakunya chiefdom showcases impact of People’s Planning Process

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A cross section of facilitators

A cross section of facilitators

Community members from Fakunya chiefdom in the Moyamba distict have explained at the donor roundtable and dialogue forum how the People’s Planning Process(PPP) which started three years ago,has impacted them in their various sections,as most places are now working in relative peace to develop their communities.

Fakunya partcipants were at the Bintumani hotel in Freetown on January 23,2018 to share and interact with donor partners,government officials and various heads of organizations what  they achieved within a very short period.The forum was organized under the auspices of the National Steering Committee of Wan Fambul in collaboration with Fambul Tok,Catalyst For Peace,the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and Ulster University.

 

In his remarks,Minister of Local Government and Rural Development,Maya Moiwo Kaikai said his Minstry is partnering with Fambul Tok and Catalyst For Peace to ensure that the People’s Planning Process is cascaded in all chiefdoms in the country.He gave a brief background on how he became interested in the process  two years back,and had to engage President Koroma.

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Some members of Fakunya Chiefdom Inclusive Committee during their rotational meeting in Gandorhun

He said in mid 2017,President Koroma gave an executive clearance to the Wan Fambul initiative to be adopted by the Government of Sierra Leone,through the Ministry of Local Gvernment and Rural Development.

Minister Kaikai said the wan fambul partnership will lead to effective collaboration to implement the PPP nationwide,adding that if resources are focussed on communities it will be easier for development.He encouraged organizations to work with Government for the realization of the PPP.

Minister of State,Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning,Momoh Vandi said the national framework for ‘wan fambul’ provides an opportunity for the government to learn more and strategise how to engage communities

He said effecive engagement with relative stakeholders will add value to the process by not only ensuring effecive implementation but also contribute to the development of appropriate tools  for monitoring and evaluation

Executive Director of Fambul Tok International-Sierra Leone said the PPP is designed to ensure policy makers,project implementing organizations and other community based initiatives listen to communities and invlove them in development process.

He said having piloted the process in Kailahun,Koinadugu and Moyamba districts for the past three years,and having developed the wan fambul framework to cascade the process nationwide,he is convinced that government and other organizations will support the initiative

Meeting in progress at Bintumani hotel

Meeting in progress at Bintumani hotel

Lead Strategist and International Advisor,Angi-Yoder-Maina,going through the framework said it offers a vision of the whole,inter-connected Sierra Leone undivided by region,ethnicity and partisan affliliation.She explained that the wan fambul national framework will support communities to mend several cracks which continue to keep them apart.

President,Catalyst For Peace,Libby Hoffman,through demonstration of a ‘cracked cup; said communities will not develop if they remain divided as a result of conflict and other social issues.She said it will be a complete waste of resources,and unsustained efforts if monies are poured into communities that are not together.

However the Fakunya peole presented their chiefdom planw which has details of how each village and sectional towns want to implement what is in the plan.

One of the sections,however showcased how peace mothers have aquired the sum of Le15 million through their micor credit scheme.

 

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National Framework for Inclusive Governance launched

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The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development,Maya Moiwo Kaikai has launched the first phase of the “Wan Fambul”-the national framework for inclusive governance and local development.The launching took place at the Radisson Blu conference hall,Aberdeen in Freetown on Tuesday,November 14,2017.

Handing over Delmandugu Chiefdom development plan to the Minister

Handing over Delmandugu Chiefdom development plan to the Minister

Fambul Tok International-Sierra Leone and its partner,Catalyst for Peace,a US foundation that is working with Fambul Tok since its inception a decade ago last year partnered with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development to open the way for a national peoples planning process.

Speaking at the occassion,Mr.Kaikai said he was impressed and moved when he was invited by Fambul Tok to the Taiama meeting  last November which was aimed at improving inclusive governance especially in local commnities.

He went on to state that having heard from community members their roles and responsibilities in governance,he had no alternative but to take the idea to the Government which had cabinet endorsement few months ago.

 

A cross section of participants

A cross section of participants

“My Government attaches tremendous importance to the issue of inclusion and decentralized governance to take developmet to the doorsteps of local communities”He stressed.

He emphasised that his Ministry has intensified its engagement with Fambul Tok and Catalyst for Peace to exlore possibilities of upscaling the initiative and eventually ensuring that all Local Councils benefit from it,and more importantly,the Government takes ownership of the process.

According to the Executive Director of Fambul Tok,John Caulker,the framework will effectively be supported by Government,national and international  civil society organizations and donors.

He said for the past year,the Ministry has formed a new partnership with Fambul Tok and Catalyst for Peace with the goal to develop the “wan fambul” national framework for inclusive governance,adding that the initiative outlines a holistic commnity owned and led process leading to a national peole’s plan which is built on the learning from a 3o months comprehensive pilot process in Kailahun,Moyamba and Koinadugu districts

Minister congrats Paramount chief of the new Delamndugu chiefdom

Minister congrats Paramount chief of the new Delamndugu chiefdom

Chairman of the occasion who is also Director of Decentralization,Alhassan Joseph Kanu said for the effectiveness of the process,they have constituted steering and teachincal committees to facilitate the initiative.He said the launch of the phase one of the inclusive governance and the unveiling of the steering and technical committees demonstrates the seriousness government attaches to the process.

However the Delmandugu Chiefdom plan was also showcased as community members in the newly craeted Falaba district explained to the peole’s planning process

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Upper Bambara endorses Chiefdom Plan

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Stakeholders including elders,women’s leaders,youth and community members from all six sections in Upper Bambara chiefdom,Kailahun District have reviewed their Chiefdom development plan and unanimously endorsed the document.The event took place on September 28,2017 at the Pendembu community centre.

Endorsing the plan by raisin of hands

Endorsing the plan by raising of hands

Speaking at the occasion,Chiefdom speaker,Stephen Gbessay Babawo on behalf of the Paramount Chief who was unavoidably absent referred to the chiefdom plan as one of the best in the history of the chiefdom.He said Fambul Tok is the very first organization in the country to work with communities to develop such document that captures activities of every village in the post ebola recovery phase.

He lamented over the acitivities of some organizations who have been implementing projects without the involvement of communities.

“After the war many projects that were designed for communities did not benefit people for the fact that communities were not consulted right from the planning stage to the end and therefore today poverty still remains in our midst” Chief Babawo emphasised

He continued” Involving communities to plan what they want  and what resources they have contributes immensely to rural development and growth”

The newly formed  chiefdom executive

The newly formed chiefdom executive

Chief Babawo called on Local Council and development partners in the district to work with community members  for the implementation of the plan.

“If you go through the plan you will realise that every village has its priority needs to guide potential implementing partners to avoid duplication and waste of resources”Chief Babawo emphasised.

 

developing mandates of the Chiefdom Inclusive Committee

developing mandates of the Chiefdom Inclusive Committee

Kailahun District Council Development and Planning Officer,Adu Vandi Kondorvoh in his remarks said development starts with communities and therefore encouraged members to embrace it.

He went on to state that Local Council brings development to the doors of rural communities and therefore people should not see Council as enemy.

“The taxes and other charges communities pay to Council are sent back to chiefdoms for developmet purposes but if you dont pay how do you expect progress” Kondorvoh stressed.He also encouraged chiefdoms to pay taxes,adding that the Inclusive District Committee should be praised for facilitating the joint revenue collection between Chiefdoms and Council.

However,the chiedom plan was reviewed page by page to make corrections and amendemnts through the input of various participants and was graciously endorsed and accepted by the people of Upper Bambara.

The Chiefdom Inclusive Committee was also formed and its executive formed

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Fambul Tok raises concerns over 2018 General elections

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Fambul Tok International-Sierra Leone has been following recent discussions and pronouncement surrounding doubt about the overall conduct of the March 7th 2018 general elections that warrants some attention as a peacebuilding organization.

It could be rccalled that the National Electoral Commission earlier this year declared March 7,2018 as the date for the conduction of Local Council,Parliamentary and Presidential elections.

Members of the press listening to the Executive Director John Caulker

Members of the press listening to the Executive Director John Caulker

After this pronouncement,Fambul Tok has observed with grave concern,divergent opinions,statements and counter statements from various political parties including the All People’s Party(APC) and the main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party(SLPP) regarding issues relating to the proper conduct of next year’s general elections.Similar views are being echoed by some sections of civil society.

Fambul Tok will like to remind our political leaders that maintaining the peace of this country largely depends on the conduct of a credible and fair elctions and they therefore owe it to citizens of this country especially women and children.We are therefore appealing to their good conscience to see reason and seek an acceptable compromise as a solution that will guarantee and allay the fears of the general public about the process itself,rather than ignore the concerns that will ultimately sow seeds of elections related conflict and undermine the credibility and legality of the entire elections process.

Fambul Tok International-Sierra Leone,a Sierra Leonean peacebuilding organization,therefore calls on the Government,political parties,the Political Parties Registration Commission(PPRC),National Electoral Commission(NEC),Civil Society organizations,religious leaders and the International Community to engage in a frank and hard conversation that will lead to a lasting and acceptable solution regarding these legitimate concerns.

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District Councils agree to cascade People’s Planning Process

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District Local Council chairmen of Moyamba,Kailahun and Koinadugu  have unanimously agreed to cascade the People’s Planning Process(PPP) to all chiefdoms in the three districts and with the best practices and learnings the process will be rolled out to other parts of the country.The PPP is design to ensure that policy makers,project implementing organizations and other community based initiatives listen to communities and involve them in the post ebola development processes.

Participants at the end of the three days conference in Taiama

Participants at the end of the three days conference in Taiama

This idea was developed to respond to the post ebola prevention,healing and recovery for development of communities

During a three-day inter-district learning and sharing conference on November 10th-12th,2016 at Taia resort,Taiama in Moyamba district,organized by Fambul Tok and Catalyst For Peace,the three chairmen(Prof.Herbert Bob Kandeh-Moyamba,Sheku Samuel Kamara of Koinadugu and Alex Bonafa of Kailahun,after series of discussions with members of the Inclusive District Peace and Development Committees(IDPDC) came to a conclusion to replicate the People’s Planning Process  in all chiefdoms

John addresses his audience

John addresses his audience

 

In his contribution,Prof.Herbert B.Kandeh  of Moyamba District Council mentioned that his institution is ready to support the People’s Planning Process in the district for the development of communities.He said it is a good initiative and therefore even in the absence of Fambul Tok and Catalyst For Peace they will not allow it to fail.He stated the successful conduction of IDPDC meetings and peaceful intervention of members to settle the problem between MSF construction construction company and youth.

Koinadugu District Chairman,who chaired discussion sessions on Day one,Sheku Samuel Kamara stated that he will work with his colleagues and other partners working in the district to harmonize the People’s Planning Process into Council’s activities.He mentioned the successes one of which is the construction of a 80 metre bridge that links two districts.He said the project would not have kicked off without the initiative of Fambul Tok community engagements.He extended thanks and appreciation to Catalyst For Peace for supporting the process.

Bonafa chairs Day three session

Bonafa chairs Day three session

Chairman,Kailahun District Council,Lawyer Alex Bonafa said community engagements in all spheres of work are important,adding that when the people resolve to do anything government must follow and therefore called on Government to support the planning process for the development of communities.He assured that the PPP will be a part of Kailahun District Council’s development plan as everyone will be involved to development the district

President, Catalyst For Peace, Libby Hoffman gave a brief background of how he came across the founder of Fambul Tok,John Caulker and how the partnership has been strenghthened over the past nine years

Executive Director of Fambul Tok International,John Caulker explained the initiative of the People’s Planning Process.He said it is a product of a nine-year community healing and reconciliation activities of Fambul Tok and Catalyst For Peace.

Traditional leaders including Paramount Chiefs from all three districts hailed the process and promised to market the idea to other chiefdoms

One of the objectives of the conference was to provide an overview of the People’s Planning Process,and to gain an understanding of the core elements of IDPDC formation,for new and potential partners and for working in new districts

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