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1-Day Workshop Held In Rumbek On Role Of Civil Societies In Democratic Governance

Democracy International in collaboration with the national government and State government of Western Lakes on Thursday held a one day workshop in Rumbek on the role of civil societies in democratic governance and development.

1-Day Workshop Held In Rumbek On Role Of Civil Societies In Democratic Governance
On-going workshop at civic engagement center in Rumbek organised by Democracy International [Photo by Mabor Riak]

By Mabor Riak Magok

RUMBEK, 18 November 2016 [Gurtong]-
The one day workshop was attended by over 50 participants including representatives from difference civil society organisations and national and State legislative assembly members.

Among some of the issues discussed were the roles played by the international monetary fund (IMF), the World Bank and issues dealing with decentralization and democracy.

An Mp in Western Lakes, Deng Mondit said poor governance in South Sudan is the major contributor of underdevelopment in the country.

“The lack of good governance and development in our country are part of our weaknesses for all of us as stakeholders and we should be very concerned about the way things are going in South Sudan. Whether the way people are being governed, the way resources are utilized, the way laws are being formulated and the way laws are being executed, nobody is supposed to be left out from this process because everybody is supposed to take part in their formation,” said Mondit.

The Community Empowerment for Progress Organization State Coordinator, Isaac Majier Majok said the purpose of the workshop is for the civil society organisations to discuss the system of governance and the role of the civil society in South Sudan particularly in Lakes State and how the State can avail services delivery.

“We as the civil society organisations need to be informed and know what is happening before we make awareness or sensitize the citizens,” said Isaac.

“It is a privilege to interact with members of parliament at the national and State assembly in order to harmonize some of our areas of cooperation since we all know that the assembly and civil society organisations do more or less  of governance to function. Civil societies are tasked as watch-dogs and we also lobby with full information and facts if we are seeing things that are not going well with community and this is where Democracy International have to come up with engagement with civil society organisations to try to empower them with enough information and can collaboratively work with government by bringing up the real concerns that are facing the citizens in the country,” added Isaac.

Widow Orphan for Development Association (WODA) Chairperson, Rebecca Yar Dor said, that there are more challenges in regards to rampant insecurity that is hindering sensitization of citizens on issues in the country.

Yar Dor urged the civil society organisations during the workshop to promote dialogue and cooperate together, advocating with one voice as civil society.

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