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Empowering Oxfam’s partners – Training for monitoring, evaluation & media

Staff from partner organisations participated in training in Hargeisa, Somaliland.

Oxfam accomplishes a great deal of our relief and development work, by working through partnerships with local organisations. Through regular training, these organisations are able to build their own capacities, improve their programs and thus help their own communities.

45 staff from Oxfam partner organizations took part in training for monitoring and evaluation of programs, and basic media training including story writing and photography for humanitarian agencies. The training took place August 17th – 19th in the Mansoor Hotel in Hargeisa, Somaliland.

“Tomorrow I will have a monitoring and evaluation” plan,” said Ahmed Bulgas, Executive Director of Child Aid Somalia, an Oxfam partner. “It’s important for us to measure what we are doing, and see if we are reaching our goals. We need to show where we are, and how we have grown.”

Staff from 12 different organisations that partner with Oxfam participated in the training.

Ahmed also found the communications training valuable. “It was very important to us,” he said. “We needed to see the best mechanisms for communications.”

Training activities included presentations, instruction on participatory methodology, face to face discussions, brainstorming, group work, and question and answer sessions.

In addition to partner agencies that focus on relief, development and resilience programming, many of Oxfam’s other partners focus on advocacy work. This includes working to improve women’s rights, governance, environment, and youth empowerment

Partner agencies that participated in the training included:

  • CAS
  • HRA
  • Moonlight
  • USWO
  • SWC
  • Talo Wadaag

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Written by Geno Teofilo

Geno is media officer for Oxfam Novib on Somalia. He is based in Nairobi

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