July 28th to August 6th 2015; EVE Organization for Women Development sent four (4) of its program staff to participate in a twin training on Result-Based Communication Skills and Result Based Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) for Non-profits. The training was organized by the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) in its training center in Accra, Ghana.The trainings brought together fourteen (14) participants from nine (9) Civil Society Organizations around African countries of Ghana, South Sudan, DRC, Cameroon, Benin and Nigeria.
The contents of both trainings were well tailored to suit the gaps in communication and in Monitoring and Evaluation for Non-profit Organizations. EVE Organization supported its staff to participate in these trainings to grasp communication and M&E techniques to effectively communicate and engage its stakeholders. This will also add value to the advocacy and capacity building work it does in South Sudan through M&E.
These trainings were part of EVE Organization’s annual training plan to enhance the capacity of its staff as a result of a capacity need assessment conducted in late 2014. EVE Organization a leading Women Civil Society Organization addressing issues related to women and peace and security in South Sudan recognize the need to build the capacity of its staff in order to continue to work with and support the women of South Sudan effectively.
As an Organization that strives to meet the needs of its beneficiaries and donors, it is vital that the program staff understand and apply the right communication and M&E strategies that can help the Organization meet its objectives. The important lessons learnt from the communication training were the importance of developing a communication strategy, knowing the target audience are, using the right communication tools and crafting messages that are audience centered.
Other elements included timeliness and availability of resources.With support from WACSI, EVE Organization is working on the development of its communication strategy as well as reviewing its strategic plan to include a clear and precise M&E strategy. EVE Organization is a National Organization that seeks to address the challenges facing South Sudanese women using the United Nations Security Council Resolution UNSCR 1325 and other National, Regional and International frameworks and policies on Women as a guide to accomplish its mandate.