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Strengthening Civil Society in Lesotho

SCIL is a programme developed and implemented by
Care Lesotho - South Africa, ActionAid International Lesotho, Catholic Commission Justice and Peace

24 July 2006

SARPN acknowledges SCIL as the source of this document.
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SCIL’s Goal

SCIL’s primary goal is to empower civil society organizations and networks to effectively contribute to strengthening democratic processes and poverty reduction in Lesotho.

SCIL’s Objectives

  • To increase the effectiveness and sustainabiloity of the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), networks and community councils’ work
  • To strengthen engagement with the Government of Lesotho directly through active participation in networks and coalitions. This includes developing good practice models of decentralised planning, service delivery, budgeting and accountability at community levels that can be offered as policy options for government and CSOs’ stakeholders.
  • To promote and sustain CSOs through effective grants management for community advocacy, capacity building and strengthening the development initiatives.
Why we exist? – To bridge the identified gaps!

  • Previous initiatives were limited in scope (thematic focus, geographical spread, limited time).
  • Limited co-ordination between initiatives (CSO’s and Support Partners).
  • Limited involvement/participation of CSOs in the design of capacity building programmes.
  • Limited access to resources (funding) by CSOs {lack of ability to retain competent people}.
  • Sustaining the Spirit of Voluntarism

  • Link between capacity building initiatives and broader community development concerns (relevancy of interventions).
  • Community driven capacity building Agendas; linking community Agendas to national Policy processes.
  • Implementation done from Maseru (no local support and follow-up).
What Will SCIL Do Differently?

  • Build on previous CSOs’ experiences and ongoing initiatives
  • Country wide implementation
  • Work with partners’ presence where SCIL operates
  • Link capacity building to potential sources of funding
  • Strengthen the Coordination and collaboration between CSOs
  • Strong involvement of CSOs in designing their capacity building
  • Anchoring the CSOs’ capacity building to decentralization process (district and CCs)
  • Collaboration amongst INGOs/NGO to support CSO capacity building

SCIL offers the following support programmes:

  • Training workshops
  • Mentoring
  • Consultation forums
  • Cross visits and exchange programmes
  • Attachments/Intenship programmes
  • IT approaches to development
  • Technical assistance (i.e. Small grants for CSOs)
  • Consultancies
Programme Implementation Team

Programme Implementation Team

SCIL’S Challenges

To remain focused and ensure citizens’ participation with National Policies:

  • National Vision 2020
  • Poverty Reduction Strategies
  • Millennium Development Goals
  • Smart Partnership Programmes
  • African Peer Review Mechanisms
  • National Budgeting Cycle
  • Gender mainstreaming

  • M&E Communication & Learning Coordinator
    CARE Lesotho-South Africa
    PO Box 682
    Maseru 100
    Tel: +266-22314398
    Fax +266-22310195
    Cell: 63164858

  • Governance Coordinator
    Catholic Commission Justice & Peace
    PO Box 200
    Maseru 100
    Tel: +266-22324263/22312750
    Fax: +266-223312751
    Cell: 58052355

  • Organizational Development Coordinator
    ActionAid International Lesotho
    PO Box 297
    Maseru 100
    Tel: +266-22311613
    Fax: +266-22311681
    Cell: 58032189
What is a civil society?

“The range of institutions and organizations that connect people to government and the private sector. This includes faith-based, community-based and non-governmental organizations. Civil society when strong, autonomous of but engaged with government, and truly representative of the people, has the potential to play an instrumental role in improving governance”.

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