The community members who are also members of the Chiefdom Inclusive Committee were at Bintumani hotel Tuesday, January 23,2018 to showcase some of the successes they have achieved and also interact with donors. 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 Kaikai said his Ministry in 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 on inclusive governance. He said in 2017, President Koroma gave an executive clearance to the wan fambul national framework for inclusive governance to be adopted by the Government through the Local Government Ministry.
He said the wan fambul partnership will lead to effective collaboration to implement the PPP at nationwide, adding that if resources are focussed on communities it will easier for development. He encouraged organizations to work with Government because according to him…they are not enemies but partners in development
Minister of State, Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Momoh Vandi said the national framework for inclusive governance provides an opportunity for the government to learn more and strategise how to engage communities.
He said effective engagement with relative stakeholders will add value to the process by not only ensuring effective implementation but also contribute to the development of appropriate tools for monitoring and evaluation
Executive Director of Fambul Tok International, John Caulker said the People’s Planning Process is design to ensure that policy makers, project implementing organizations and other community based initiatives listen to communities and involve them in the development process.
He said having piloted the process in Kailahun, Koinadugu and Moyamba for the past three years and having developed the wan fambul framework, he is of the firm conviction that Government and other partners will all work together to support it to be cascaded nationwide.
However the people of Fakunya chiefdom presented their chiefdom plan and gave details as how it all began in their chiefdom. Two of the sections representatives explained how they have benefitted as Tangula peace mothers could now boast of over le15million in their account