CDO’s benefit from capacity building workshop
DPI, Guyana, Friday, March 23, 2018
Nineteen (19) Community Development Officers (CDOs) attached to the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs participated in a capacity building workshop on Wednesday, March 21, at the Moray House, Camp Street, Georgetown.
The workshop focused on the past year’s achievements, completing an annual work plan, and Village Council Elections which are due in May. Participants were also informed of the plans and activities to be executed by the Ministry this year.
Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Sydney Allicock, Minister within the Ministry, Valerie Garrido-Lowe, and Permanent Secretary, Alfred King addressed several challenges faced by the CDO’s. These included transportation, communication, provision of equipment and timely submissions of proposals for presidential grants.
According to the Ministry’s officials, the CDO’s returned to their respective regions satisfied that solutions have been reached, which will aid in the improved performance of their duties.
Additionally, the ministry’s Legal Adviser, Miriam Andrew provided guidance as it relates to Village Elections. CDO’s will help monitor the conduct of village elections and submit reports regarding the election results with the corresponding database.
The CDOs have the responsibility to monitor all village activities and projects. Likewise, they facilitate visits of government officials, provide logistical information to authorised representatives of governmental organisations, NGOs, and CBOs. They generally represent the Ministry in village activities and may be tasked to address certain issues within their jurisdiction, and within the purview of their job descriptions.
By: Synieka Thorne