Financial management is everyone’s responsibility
Nuku’alofa Tonga, August 28- Understanding and putting in place prudent financial procedures is everyone’s responsibility and not just finance managers and finance officers, according to Fuiva Kavaliku Coordinator of the Tonga National Centre for Women and Children.
Mrs. Kavaliku made the comment at the conclusion of a five-day Management Accounting for NGOs (Mango) training for non-finance managers and finance officers conducted by Pacific Leadership Program (PLP) staff.
“As Coordinator and a non finance person, the training was an eye-opener. It is important to understand the finer finance aspects. When an organisation is negotiating funding with donors and partners, it is not just the finance manager and project staff’s responsibility but mine also as it comes back to me to report on the project,” said Mrs. Kavaliku.
She and other participants also recommended Mango training for civil society and government ministries and departments as it would assist them in their partnerships.
The training was conducted for Tongan grant recipients of the Australian Government-funded Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development (Pacific Women) program and UN Women. Its intention was to help grant recipients develop good financial management systems and manage and control financial resources.
There were 15 participants from the Tonga National Centre for Women and Children, Talitha Project, Tonga Women & Children Crisis Centre, Ma’a Fafine mo e Famili, and Ministry of Internal Affairs (Women Affairs Division). Other organisations included PLP partners – True Tonga Incorporated, Tonga National Youth Council and Naunau ‘o e ‘Alamaite Tonga Association (NATA) – the National Disabled Person’s Organisation of Tonga.
Melenaite Blake a project officer with Ma’a Fafine mo e Famili, said the training helped her identify areas of work in the organisation that needed more attention, “I also enjoyed the information sharing and in my role I learnt a lot about finance and now have a better understanding of donor guidelines for civil society.”
Tavite Fisi’italia, NATA Office Manager and Finance Officer said as a result of the training, he would recommend strengthening of finance procedures for his organisation, “Although it is a small organisation it is important to have processes in place for accountability. I recommend all partners attend this training and hope it can be held annually.”
PLP’s Finance and Operations Manager, Shradha Sharma, and Finance and Administration Officer, Roshni Chand, both Mango certified trainers, delivered the program with the assistance of Cynthia Ramirez, Finance and Administration Manager for the Pacific Women Support Unit. The training is funded by jointly funded by Pacific Women, UN Women and PLP.
Pacific Women is a 10 year $320 million program funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Pacific Women supports 14 Pacific countries to meet the commitments made in the 2012 Pacific Island Forum Leaders’ Gender Equality Declaration and will work with Pacific governments, civil society organisations, private sector, multilateral, regional and United Nations agencies to achieve its intended outcomes.
The Pacific Women Support Unit and PLP are managed by Cardno on behalf of the Australian Government.
For more information please contact Pacific Leadership Program Tonga Country Representative- Lilieta Takau on email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone +676 26300