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We are an Implementing Partners (IP) for the UNFPA and UN Women $5 million, three-year Joint Programme – “Realizing Gender Equality through Empowering Women and Adolescent Girls” – in Msasala District, Shinyanga Region, Tanzania, supported by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).
On 16th October we had a district coordination meeting for the Joint Programme bringing bringing together all Implementing Partners (IPs), Local Government Authorities (LGAs), beneficiaries of the project as well as the funding agencies KOICA and the two UN sister agencies of UNFPA & UN Women into a quarterly discussion that highlights project implementation, challenges experienced, areas of improvement, project sustainability and local areas ownership and collaboration.
The meeting was chaired by the District Administrative Secretary (DAS) who emphasised on the need for active and meaningful participation. Drawing to the first and second coordination meetings’ experience he insisted on the importance of the LGA officials taking leadership roles of the project so as to ensure ownership and sustainability. He also appreciated attendance of the representatives from different beneficiaries’ groups.
We were privileged to share a brief presentation on the project’s progress as well as the activities conducted from the previous quarter. On our presentation we highlighted the challenges we incurred that led to not being able to commemorate the International Day of the Girl Child event as planned due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr Amir from UNFPA informed us that they had been able to fulfill their promise to provide the Msalala District Council with a field vehicle to support project supervision which will be of great help to the team currently residing there as well. He also spoke on the postponement on the construction of the Police Post up to next year.
The meeting was successful and we were reminded just how important it is to work together in bettering our communities. There is strength in numbers and which is we are more determined than ever to keep fostering the partnerships we have with other stakeholders so that the work we do continues to bear fruit.
This story was written by Shinyanga Field Team and compiled by C-Sema’s Media Team.