POSTED July 5, 2021
Working with our peers in Burkina Faso to spur positive change
Find out how the permanent secretariat of NGOs we chair is better equipped to influence the national agenda
By Patrice Zongo, communications manager, Burkina Faso
Although providing direct support to children and their families is a big part of what we do, working with peer groups to campaign locally, nationally and internationally is also very important to making lasting positive change.
So, we’re excited to hear Children Believe and SPONG, the Permanent Secretariat of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Burkina Faso, has launched a project aimed at providing tools to track government progress in meeting global goals and to monitor government commitments, so it can inspire progress in creating a better world for everyone.
The project launch was celebrated in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou, in the presence of several authorities, including Wolfram Vetter, the head of the European Union in Burkina and Vincent Sawadogo, a representative for Clément Sawadogo, state minister.
We’re grateful to be part of SPONG, the most influential network of national and international NGOs in Burkina Faso. Formed in 1974, its 250 members connect the government to civil-society organizations. And, last summer, Christelle Kalhoulé, Children Believe’s director of West Africa, was elected to Chair the network for the next four years.
A key challenge will be strengthening the network at local (community) and regional (several provinces) levels to better guide government action to benefit the most vulnerable. That’s why the SPONG team has secured resources to position the group to make change. “We have that duty to make sure all our network benefits from good capacity-building at regional levels,” explains Christelle.
The initiative, funded by the European Union, will be implemented for 30 months. And, by the end of the project, six thematic groups will be set up to keep a closer eye on government actions by addressing issues such as, social protection, child protection, food security as well as water and sanitation, among other areas.
The network expects to create an action plan to ensure people’s needs are met effectively. At Children Believe, as well as at SPONG, this remains our commitment and duty.
ABOUT CHILDREN BELIEVE (formerly Christian Children's Fund of Canada):
Children Believe works globally to empower children to dream fearlessly, stand up for what they believe in — and be heard. For 60 years, we’ve brought together brave young dreamers, caring supporters and partners, and unabashed idealists. Together, we’re driven by a common belief: creating access to education — inside and outside of classrooms — is the most powerful tool children can use to change their world.
About ChildFund Alliance:
A member of ChildFund Alliance, Children Believe is part of a global network of 12 child-focused development organizations working to create opportunities for children and youth, their families and communities. ChildFund helps nearly 23-million children and their families in more than 70 countries overcome poverty and underlying conditions that prevent children from achieving their full potential. We work to end violence against children; provide expertise in emergencies and disasters to ease the harmful impact on children and their communities; and engage children and youth to create lasting change and elevate their voices in decisions that affect their lives.