Civil Society Organisations in Sokoto State came together to reflect on how their processes have improved as a result of their engagement with the ACT programme. The reflection session was held on 24th August 2022 in Abuja. At the event, representatives from 20 CSOs and 2 media organisations recounted how their organisations are now more compliant with legislative procedures including the Corporate Affairs Commission and the Special Control Unit against Money Laundering (SCUML).
CSOs in Sokoto now have improved financial systems, documentation and data collection processes, accounting, procurement and governance procedures. They are now able to produce an initial draft of their manuals and policies that incorporate their actual needs and those of their stakeholders and beneficiaries. Through the partnership with ACT and the media, organisations are gaining better visibility with other international organisations and are better able to access grants for community development.
According to the Executive Director of the Productive Youth Development Initiatives, Auwal Ahmed Musa, “ACT has helped us improve our relationship with the media, enabling better coverage of our project activities. More so, our planning is now more gender-responsive and inclusive. We are deliberate about calculating slots for beneficiaries to include women and people with disabilities. This has put us on a higher pedestal with government ministries who have as well recognised our efforts.
CSOs in Sokoto and other nine states where the ACT programme operates, have benefitted from continual capacity development initiatives organised by the programme.