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Macuata Committee Leaders Taught How To Best Analyse Information To Better Assist Their Communities

Macuata Committee Leaders Taught How To Best Analyse Information To Better Assist Their Communities
Transcend Oceania executive director Adi Vasu Levu (back-right) with participants gathered for a group photo after workshop at Salvation Army in Labasa on May 22,2018. Photo:Shratika Naidu
May 23
11:00 2018

Macuata committee leaders and reps from faith-based groups have been advised not only to be good listeners, but to learn to analyse information that has been disseminated to them. The Macuata leaders were given this advice at a workshop organ­ised by Transcend Oceania

Transcend Oceania executive di­rector Adi Vasu Levu said the par­ticipants have revealed the kind of problems they had been facing through group discussions at the Salvation Army Church hall in La­basa yesterday.

“Normally leaders learn and col­lect information provided to them, but they forget to analyse to find deeper meaning or truth and in due process, fail to share information with their members,” Ms Levu said.

“For instance one group revealed in the rural areas the access to roads is not available and they identified the kind of problems people face.

“They brainstorm ideas and prepared SWOT analysis (an or­ganised list of greatest strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) on how to overcome or highlight their need to get help.

“The workshop is a joint-collab­oration between five consortium partners, for the implementation of the project titled Participative Democracy and Accountability (PDA) Action,” she added.

“The overall objective impact for the PDA is within the work in pro­gress with the respective partners to strengthen democracy, govern­ance in Fiji through effective and sustained participation of civil so­ciety and Fiji citizens in local and national policymaking.

“To continue the effective engage­ments creating safe spaces work­ing in partnership to strengthen the role of civil society and com­munity leaders in Fiji’s transition to a more inclusive and accounta­ble governance structure, through increased participation in policy formulation processes and ac­countability mechanism.”

She said the four-day workshop was funded by the European Union (EU).

Adi Makitalena, president of Mul­ticultural Women’s Group in Nale­ba, Labasa, was among the 40 par­ticipants and said she felt happy to be part of the programme.

“All these years I have never been told how to analyse information being provided to me,” Ms Makital­ena said.

“This workshop has helped me be in a position to help my 10 ac­tive members on how they can be effective leaders and contribute to policy making.”

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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