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Contact: Primus Hutchinson

Friday, July 25, 2003 - A number of governmental and non-governmental rural service providers as well as various community based organisations from the Ti Rocher community will meet for a one day consultation on Monday July 28, 2003.

The consultation which is being organised by the Ti Rocher- Community Implementation and Advisory Committee (CIAC), in collaboration with the St. Lucia Rural Enterprise Project (SLREP), is seeking to develop a strategy for the sustainability of community based organisations.

Chairperson of the Ti Rocher Community Implementation and Advisory Committee, Christine Wilson says, some of the issues down for discussion will focus on problems experienced by community based groups in accessing funds from both governmental as well as non-governmental agencies for community development projects. Wilson pointed to the lack of effective communication between governmental and non-governmental organisations and community groups that is necessary to build the groupsí capacity to effectively manage and supervise community projects.

Wilson said the consultation will empower the groups with the knowledge and capacity to be better equipped to provide for the development of themselves and the community.
According to Wilson, it is expected that a multi-institutional body will emerge out of that consultation comprising representatives of the rural communities to facilitate the various projects.


Some of the service providers involved in the consultation include the SLREP, SEDU, NRDF, BELFUND, BNTF and the Poverty Reduction Fund. It is also expected that representatives of the Ministry of Social Transformation and the Ministry of Youth and Sports will attend the consultation.
 


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