The University of the South Pacific (USP), through the Pacific Center for Environment and Sustainable Development (PaCE-SD), held a two-day report and proposal writing workshop in Labasa recently.
Supported through the European Union funded Global Climate Change Alliance Plus Scaling up Pacific Adaptation (GCCA+ SUPA) project, the training seeks to strengthen the capacity of sub-national government stakeholders in writing reports and project proposals to support key resilience priorities.
Under the capacity building component of the USP GCCA+ SUPA project, report and proposal training were identified as a priority capacity building need for improved reporting and to assist communities in securing grants for urgent resilience and sustainable development needs.
In giving the opening remarks, the USP SUPA Project Coordinator, Ms Teresia Powell, welcomed the participants and thanked the support from the EU in supporting a priority need to be identified by the sub-national government stakeholders that would upskill officers in effectively performing their reporting obligations to the Divisional and National Government as well to the vulnerable communities they serve.
“We hope that at the end of this training, participants will be able to effectively write reports and put together proposals to support climate change and disaster resilience priorities that will help build resilient communities and overall sustainable development,” she said.
Commissioner for Northern Division Mr Uraia Rainima praised the USP team for their tremendous accomplishment over the two-day training.
“I am so thankful to all of you for this and am very confident that the knowledge gained throughout this training will surely lift our work to another level,” he added.
The two-day training was attended by 31 change agents (24 men and seven women). Participants were representatives from government ministries such as the Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development, the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs, the Ministry of Waterways, and the Fiji Police and Military Forces. District and Conservation Officers and Provincial Administrators from the three provinces of Bua, Cakaudrove, and Macuata were also part of the training.
Assistant Roko for Macuata Province Mr Makario Tabuakuru, shared his thoughts on the workshop, saying, “Every year, we have to write annual reports for villages and then for the provincial office, which is a challenge for us. We had been struggling for the past three years, but I am confident that this workshop will greatly assist us.”
Mr Tabuakuru added, “The two-day workshop was highly beneficial; it was extremely informative, it opened our eyes, and we could recognise our errors. After this workshop, we will do our best to write more reports in accordance with the standards we’ve learned, and we will be at an international level of report writing,” he said.
In acknowledging the support of the SUPA USP Project, Conservation Officer, Ms Makelesi Raciri remarked: “I’m grateful that we were able to attend this workshop. In particular, in terms of project management, I find that this training is useful at this level in writing and communicating with NGOs and donor partners”.
The EU GCCA+ SUPA Project is being implemented in partnership with the Pacific Community (SPC), the South Pacific Regional Environmental Programme (SPREP), and The University of the South Pacific.