September 12, 2022

Development Effectiveness will continue to be championed by the Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (PIANGO) to shape the trajectory development in the future.

At the first day of the Regional Training on Network and Project Management in Nadi, yesterday, PIANGO Executive Director Emeline Ilolahia said the regional fragmentation will have no effect on the PIANGOs network because our work is defined by the people.

“PIANGO have a role in regionalism, therefore our accountability values are important in changing the political landscape, bringing in more values & principals in the work we do that is framed around our accountability,” Ilolahia said.

She said we need to shift from a confrontational approach to an anticipatory one for the donors to adapt to our prepared agendas. We need to build ourselves around making those tough decisions
In 2022, @CSO Development Effectiveness CPDE supported our work to further strengthen our CSO Development Effectiveness work in the region, focusing on capacity strengthening initiatives such as the project management and network management training for Pacific CSOs.

This week, PIANGO’s convening its regional capacity strengthening on development effectiveness for its members or NLUs from Fiji, Kiribati, Tonga, Samoa, Marshall Islands and Vanuatu. The training is also aligned to PIANGO’s Strategic Focus Area 1 on Governance and Leadership, strengthening the role of NLUs as an institution or platform to serve their constituents and support the sector at the local level.
PIANGO Board Chair, Inia Barry while welcoming the NLUs said our focus on accountability is important towards achieving the 2050 Strategy and to support each other in solidarity on the many issues we faced in the region.

The week-long training is facilitated by Marc Ignacio of CPDE who after yesterday’s session said “Pacific CSOs continues to implement their projects and conduct their advocacy and campaigns because it’s a way of showing our commitment to develop effectiveness principles.”

He said it’s inspiring to know what the Pacific CSOs particularly PIANGO NLUs are doing despite the many factors affecting the program implementations in countries such as Samoa, Kiribati, Vanuatu and Fiji.
He said with the shrinking civic space continuously faced in the region, PIANGO through its NLUs are in a better position to used their stories and change it into partnership.

Part of yesterday’s program was presenting PIANGO’s projects to its NLUs particularly the next phase of Public Finance Management (PFM) by UNDP that is funded by European Union and the Enhancing Research and Innovation Ecosystems to address the Impacts of Climate Change RERIPA Project by the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF).

The training will end on Friday September 16.

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