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Ms. Zimbeva sharing ideas with Mr.Odugwu Anthony, Executive Secretary of YMCA Lagos (photo: WACSI)

Ms. Zimbeva sharing ideas with Mr.Odugwu Anthony, Executive Secretary of YMCA Lagos

Ms. Sibongile Zimbeva of Amnesty International Commends WACSI’s Training

“I am very happy to have taken part in this training because it provided me with a rich learner-friendly environment in which I have learned a lot on how to write better proposals and effectively cost project components”,

stated Ms. Sibongile Zimbeva, Finance and Office Administrator of Amnesty International, Zimbabwe, after the second day of the Proposal Writing and Resource Mobilisation Training held for civil society organisations (CSOs) in Accra, Ghana.

Ms. Zimbeva is WACSI’s first ever trainee from Southern Africa. She is an experienced finance staff and has served in her current position for more than five years. Her participation in this training came as no mistake. She explains that, “I conducted a thorough research on training institutes that could provide me with specific knowledge and skills in the area of resource mobilization. After identifying a number of organisations on the continent that could offer this training, I realized that the course content delivered by WACSI is more comprehensive and addresses relevant issues related to proposal writing and resource mobilization; then, I applied for the course”.

She had craved to be a part of such a learning platform that would provide her with a detailed and pragmatic understanding of the technical relationship between projects and related budgets. She considers her choice of attending this course organized by WACSI to be very timely and appropriate because, her expectations have been met.

Asking if she would recommend WACSI’s capacity building programmes to CSOs in Southern Africa, the seasoned Finance Administrator said; “yes, definitely”. This is owed to the fact that, “there is a lot to learn from WACSI … things we often take for granted. WACSI has several years of a rich experience interacting with CSOs across the region and the globe and thus has a lot to offer in addressing the capacity needs of civil society practitioners”, she continued.

Presenting her group's exercise

Presenting her group's exercise

She noted that WACSI’s first training which she attended was quite interesting, very intense and she learned a lot. What she loved most about the training was the practical nature. This is a unique adult learning approach which adopts in all its training courses. It provides trainees to have a greater share of the space and time to share their success and challenges as a way of learning from other civil society practitioners and the facilitator. Thus, participants get to acquire new knowledge and skills, strengthen their existing knowledge as well as identify specific areas of weaknesses in their organisations and identify ways of addressing them during training sessions.

Benefiting from this learner-centred training approach, Ms. Zimbeva satisfactorily pointed out that she will implement the lessons learned from this training at her place of work and she is confident that it will yield positive fruits in the long term.

Ms. Zimbeva receives her certificate from Mr Daniel Andoh, facilitator of the training.

Ms. Zimbeva receives her certificate from Mr Daniel Andoh, facilitator of the training.

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