South Sudan – As a part of its “South Sudan National Legislative Assembly (SSNLA) and Local Councils” programme, AWEPA conducted two Training of Trainers (ToT) workshops for the trainers of local council members of the South Sudanese counties of the Ezo, Nagero and Tambura, from 16 to 27 November 2015.
The first capacity building workshop focused on “Public Financial Management and Development in the Local Councils of the Republic of South Sudan”. The purpose of the training was to improve understanding of the local government planning process among trainers as well as demonstrating the approach that the Local Government takes in planning, a critical component of delivery of service to the people due to the scarcity of resources.
At the end of the training, the participants were able to demonstrate and use the integrated participatory approach in local government planning; explain the functions and duties of the different organs of the Local Government in terms of planning; and identify the sources of local government finance.
The second training workshop tackled the topic of “Gender in Local Councils in the Republic of South Sudan”. The purpose of this workshop was to explain and discuss gender and related concepts. Participants were equipped with knowledge regarding the difference between gender and the biological differences which determine sex; as well as the social constructs which use biological differences to justify the assignment of different roles and responsibilities to men and women.