Volunteer District Trainers from eighteen districts on the Code of Conduct, Self-Assessment Tool and the Accreditation Process completed training amidst COVID 19 Pandemic

A training programme for 54 Volunteer District Trainers on the Code of Conduct, Self-Assessment Tool and proposed process was completed successfully under the “Strengthening Pluralism, Integrity, Diversity, Equality and Regularizing” CSOs in Sri Lanka (SPIDER) project, funded by USAID/ INCREASED DEMAND AND ENGAGEMENT FOR ACCOUNTABILITY (IDEA) Management Systems International, Inc. (MSI). The project implementation is executed by Sri Lanka Centre for Development Facilitation (SLCDF) along with NGO National Action Front (NNAF).

This project marked its initiation in February 2020 and was intended to conclude in April 2021. Challenges encountered due to COVID 19 pandemic resulted in postponement of the planned training programmes and all other activities last year. A timely solution was taken in keeping with health authority restrictions to conduct trainings separately in several locations in groups of 15 to 20 participants, by expert trainers.

The first phase of these trainings was held at the Community Education Centre in Talahena, Malabe for the districts of Kalutara, Kegalle, Puttalam, Gampaha, Galle, Ratnapura and Matara for 19 members from 18th to 20th January, 2021.

Two sessions were conducted for districts of Nuwara Eliya, Vavunia, Kilinochchi, Batticaloa and Ampara with 15 Tamil speaking participants at Family Park Resort in Dambulugalaoya, Dambula from 29th to 31st January, 2021.  The trainings for the final group of 21 were also held at the same venue for Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura, Kurunegala, Kandy, Hambantota and Moneragala district participants from 12 – 15th February, 2021.

In conclusion during the 3 workshops, out of a total of 18 districts, 55 persons trained are established as certified ToT cadre in this programme on the Code of Conduct, Self-Assessment Tool and continue the proposed process. It comprises of 33 male and 22 female trainers in all.