The Women’s Rights Advancement & Protection Alternative (WRAPA), held a two-day inaugural planning meeting from the 17th to 18th of July, 2018, for its Gender & Accountability project funded by the MacArthur Foundation, with the Gender & Accountability Project Cohort (GAP-C) which comprises seven (7) organizations namely; Advocacy Nigeria, Nigerian Women Trust Fund (NWTF), Kebetkache, International Women Communication Centre (IWCC), Women Advocacy Research Documentation Centre (WARD C), Civil Resource Development and Documentation Centre (CIRDDOC), Women FM (Wfm 91.7).
The Gender & Accountability project is an intervention necessitated by the absence of female voices in the demand for accountability, and in the fight against corruption. The project is a deliberate intention on the part of the funders, MacArthur Foundation to include the voices of women in the discourse. The Foundation has been supporting the women of Nigeria through various projects designed to empower women and access their entitlements in a democratic system of government. MacArthur Foundation has also in the past, worked with several members of the GAP-C. The Project Cohort (GAP-C)’’ and is being headed by WRAPA.
The meeting took place in Abuja, Nigeria ahead of the implementation of the project. The 7 cohort members were duly represented by their Executive Directors and project staff. The purpose of the two-day meeting was to provide a platform for the cohort members to familiarize themselves with: a) each other, b) activities that would be carried out by other members and how it fits into the big picture, c) parameters to ensure the successful execution and implementation of the project. The purpose of the meeting was also to ensure consolidation of clarity and commitment before the takeoff of the project.
The discussions at the meeting for the two days spanned across
- Project administration
- Project milestones
- Development of annual workplan
- Reporting requirements
- Bilateral discussion on knowledge update grid
- Next steps.
Each member of the GAP-C made a brief presentation of the activities they would be engaging in under the umbrella of the Gender and Accountability project, states of implementation, beneficiaries and outcomes of their interventions.
The two-day meeting proved to be very resourceful as all member organizations of the GAP-C were able to consolidate clarity and commitment, and also improve their knowledge of the Gender and Accountability project.