Mango Training for women’s organisations in Tonga
PLP staff are currently conducting a five-day Management Accounting for NGOs (Mango) training for Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development (Pacific Women) and UN Women grant recipients in Tonga. The five-day training aims to provide financial management training to non-finance managers and finance officers. This will assist them to integrate good financial management systems and manage and control financial resources more efficiently and effectively.
PLP’s Finance and Operations Manager, Shradha Sharma, and Finance and Administration Officer, Roshni Chand, both Mango certified trainers, are delivering the program. They are being assisted by 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.
The 15 participants include representatives from the Tonga National Centre for Women and Children, Talitha Project, Women & Children Crisis Centre, The Ma’a Fafine mo e Famili, and Ministry of Internal Affairs (Women Affairs Division).
Also at the training are 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.
Pacific Women is a 10 year $320 million program. 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, the private sector, and 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 about Pacific Women visit :http://www.pacificwomen.org/
Pictures: Roshni Chand.
2016 Greg Urwin Award recipients announced
Five outstanding Pacific Islanders have been awarded the 2016 Greg Urwin Awards.
The Greg Urwin Awards are an Australian Government-Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) joint initiative. The Awards were established in 2008 to honour the memory and the legacy of the former Secretary General of PIFS and a former Australian High Commissioner to Fiji, Samoa and Vanuatu, the late Mr Greg Urwin.
The Australian High Commissioner to Fiji- HE Margaret Twomey hosted the 2016 Greg Urwin Award recipients to afternoon tea. Guests included PIFS Secretary General- Dame Meg Taylor and My. Wylie Clarke- the late Mr. Urwin’s son
Adaptive Leadership Training for Samoa DFAT Post
At the request of DFAT Post in Samoa, we conducted a one day Adaptive Leadership training as part of the DFAT team learning session. Our Programs Manager- Mereani Rokotuibau facilitated the session.
Participants found the AL tool “very useful” and that the training “encouraged team building and contributed to improving organisational culture and provided the space to self reflect and learn to consult more”.
Our Samoa Country Representative- Tuiloma Lemalu Sina Retzlaff invited Leuluaialii Naea Beth Onesemo, Chief Executive of the Ministry of Women Community and Social Development and Faimalo Mathew Lemisio Acting Commissioner of Office of the Electoral Commission for the “Hard Talk” segment of the day. They spoke about their roles in mobilising for change, challenging the status quo, the risks they took and the losses they experienced in leading people.