Norwegian government has initiated a 5-year development programme in the Northeast to build the capacity of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), in the area.
This is to enhance the humanitarian interventions in the troubled region.
Syed Hassan, the Localisation Focal Person in Nigeria at the United Nations, made the disclosure at a one-day orientation exercise organised for CSOs operating in the northeast on Thursday in Maiduguri.
Hassan said that the project tagged ‘Localization-Lake Chad Basin Capacity Development Project”, is aimed at empowering the CSOs, build resilience, encourage effective service delivery and ensure the sustainability of humanitarian interventions.
He disclosed that the project would be implemented under the Norwegian Capacity Programme (NORCAP) in collaboration with the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), World Food Programme (WFP), International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs), the Federal and Borno State Governments.
Hassan revealed that the programme would be implemented in Borno under the first phase and expanded to cover Adamawa and Yobe during its second phase.
He noted that the project recorded significant successes in Chad and Niger Republics since its implementation in 2017.
Speaking to journalists on the project, Ambassador Ahmed Shehu, the Regional Coordinator, Civil Society Network, said that it is focused at building capacity of the CSOs, to enable them respond, and contribute toward addressing the humanitarian crisis in the region.
Shehu revealed that a number of registered organisations operating in Borno would be selected to participate under the first phase of the project, adding that the programme would be expanded under the subsequent phases to enhance participation of more organizations.
“There is the need for the humanitarian community to support and work with local partners to ensure sustainability and local ownership.
“The goal of the project is to enhance the institutional capacity of members of CSOs in areas of organizational planning; financial management, transparency, resource mobilization, and project development, management, monitoring and evaluation.
“The project will enable members of the CSOs in the humanitarian mission and strengthen their resilience in responding to disasters and crisis through capacity development.
“At the same time the project will contribute to increased accountability to the affected people,” he said.