Women’s Fellowship Hall, CCSL Compound, Freetown, Thursday 17th February 2022 – The National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA) has commenced training of trainers on the Covid-19 Ep Fet Po/Social Safety Nets (Covid-19 Ep Fet Po/SSN) data collection, targeting and enrolment processes and procedures. The training captures all relevant parties including NaCSA staff, Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Statistics Sierra Leone (Stats-SL), National Commission for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), and the Sierra Leone Union on Disability Issues (SLUDi).
The essence of the training is to capacitate trainers on the appropriate use of the Community entry protocols, the Proxy Means Test Process, enrolment, Grievance Redress mechanisms and referral pathways, monitoring and evaluation, communication and citizens engagement, financial management and targeting and enrolment tools. It is expected that after this training, the team members will be in a better position to train the social protection (SP) Volunteers which will enhance date quality.
This intervention is to ensure error free data, targeting and enrolment of potential beneficiaries of the Covid-19 Ep Fet Po/SSN project; which is part of the Government of Sierra Leone’s Quick Action Economic Response Program (QAERP) to address the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on people’s livelihoods. The program is funded by the Government of Sierra Leone, the World Bank and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
Speaking to attendees, the Senior Director of Programme Development and Quality Assurance (PDQA) – Dr. Susan Robert reiterated on the need for SP volunteers and all parties involved in targeting enrolment to ensure that the data submitted are error free data and should be in line with the standard targeting and enrolment protocol. ‘’we are working assiduously with all stakeholders to ensure that the right persons are targeted, focusing on extremely poor and vulnerable Sierra Leoneans including PWDs. We are mindful that we have a reporting responsibility to the Government of Sierra Leone donor partners…’’ She concluded.
The Director-National Social Protection Secretariat (NSPS), Idris Turay pleaded with trainers to be very deliberate about monitoring of processes and further engage all relevant parties to ensure that protocols are followed to the latter. He emphasized that the Commission and implementation partners are no longer taking chances of data quality. ‘’… we have provided the needed logistics for ACC to do ‘back checks’ especially in ensuring the presence of PWDs in a household before enrolling such households as one with PWDs. Any household found guilty of misleading enumerators on such must have limited enrolment chance. We have further positioned an aggregate server to ensure real time data collection. He ended.
Representatives from the Anti-Corruption Commission and Statistics Sierra Leone made a commitment to working earnestly with protocols.
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