The Ecosystem Alliance Program, coordinated by Wetlands International Africa, has organized from 14th to 17th October 2014 in Foundiougne, a training workshop on organizational and accounting management for its partners and beneficiaries in Senegal. The purpose of this training is to strengthen the capacity of partners and consequently end disparities in terms of organizational management and accounting, during the implementation of projects in the program. At the training, partners have confirmed to be better prepared for new challenges.
"I was an empty canary, but this training has provided content in the way I understand and exercise my duties as treasurer of the Inter Villager Development Association (AIVD) of Dassilamé. I now know that in addition to planning, running our budget requires standard administrative and financial management procedures that will adhere to the strictness of our donor, Wetlands International, while these same procedures also protect us against any error or drift that may oppose us to the values of our organization and our community," said Diouf Gnima, Treasurer of the Inter Villager Development Association (AIVD) of Dassilamé.
As stated by Mr. Yakhya Gueye of the regional office of Wetlands International in Dakar, who opened the Workshop, all the knowledge acquired in this course will help to reach an identical functional mode for all partners of the Ecosystem Alliance program to enable better reconciliation with the specific accounting standards of the Africa regional office of Wetlands International. This will facilitate their practical use in the field and will strengthen ownership at grassroots level as well as it will ease the formulation of other needs by the Alliance partners to their other potential donors. (See video report of the training)
Throughout the training, participants learned the basics and the foundation of an organization. An approach that allowed them to ultimately identify the notion of value systems and their respective roles and responsibilities in their organizations.
The participants practiced to develop and monitor a budget as a tool for management planning through several exercises under the direction of Michel Bazan, consultant and trainer for the workshop. At this point, Mr. Bazan laid emphasis on the concept of control and accountability, a key aspect of accounting. According to him, it is an essential tool to achieve corrective measures that will help to accomplish the target process.
It must be emphasized that all participants expressed their pride in participating in the workshop, which allowed them to become more aware of their responsibilities, while providing them with knowledge for their organizational activities.
Thus, all partners in Senegal that are, Wetlands International Africa, the Civil Forum, the Inter Villager Association (AIV) of Ndiaël, WAAME, ENDA Energy, the Inter Villager Development Association (AIVD) of Dassilamé, the Group of producers and processors of cashew in Sokone (GPA), took part in the training. Other institutions and structures, stakeholders in the project, such as CR Fatick, IREF St. Louis and CIV Gandon also took part in the training.