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Integral Approach ‘Needed For Development

European Union (EU) Natural Resources and Governance Team Leader Ingrid Swin­nen has highlighted the need for an integral approach to sustain­able development. She made the comment during her official address
27 May 2018 11:00
Integral Approach ‘Needed For Development
Team Leader for Natural Resources and Governance at the European Union, Ingrid Swinnen hands over the award to Naya Soch Naya Vision club at the FRIEND head quarters in Tuvu, Lautoka on Friday night. Photo: PENI KOMAISAVAI

European Union (EU) Natural Resources and Governance Team Leader Ingrid Swin­nen has highlighted the need for an integral approach to sustain­able development.

She made the comment during her official address at the Community Based Organisation (CBO) awards ceremony at the Foundation for Ru­ral Integrated Enterprises & Devel­opment (FRIEND) headquarters in Tuvu, Lautoka on Friday night.

“A recommendation that we share is that the several good practices that are inherent to this project on a wider scale and may I add that having an integrated approach to sustainable development cannot be overly emphasised,” Ms Swinnen said.

The event marked the end of the EU-funded project “Grassroots Voices for Good Governance.”

“I have great pleasure in par­ticipating in this event. This is all about strengthening community governance and empowering com­munity-based organisations so that they can effectively partici­pate in decision making and cre­ate platform dialogue,” Ms Swin­nen said.

She said the awards ceremony gave them a chance to look back at their project’s overall objective.

The CBOs were previously given grants and the winners were se­lected from the 70 that underwent training with the University of the South Pacific (USP).

“We in the EU and its member states are pleased to support the creation of spaces that amplify community voices and in particu­lar reach the most vulnerable and marginalised,” Ms Swinnen said.

“The FRIEND grassroots gov­ernance project is an example of a project that we have supported where key community issues can be raised and members including women and youth are able to effec­tively participate.”

Another finding was that the CBO had established a solid CBO structure with an understanding of the principle of good governance.
“It further demonstrated this in having accounts and cheque books in place and even project proposals writing skills,” she said.
FRIEND is a homegrown community development Non-Governmental Organisation based in Lautoka.
Edited by Epineri Vula

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