SNV- Netherlands Development organization, an agency of the Netherlands Government, has schooled some selected journalists from the southern sector of Ghana on “The Voice for Change Partnership Programme”.
The three days residential training was to expose journalists to the activities of the Civil Society Organizations (CSO), the SNV, and how to deepen our relationship in giving prominence to the V4C programme.
The Voice for Change Partnership Programme (V4C) is evidence based advocacy project, being implemented by SNV Netherlands Development Organization in Partnership with International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the period of 5 years.
The V4C Ghana programme is focusing on 3 cardinal areas of national concerns including: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), food and Nutrition security and the Renewable Energy.
The project also seeks to strengthen the capacity and knowledge based of civil society organizations operating within the 3 thematic areas of the V4C programme.
Speaking at the opening of the 3 days training programmein Koforidua, Mr. Jesse Coffie Danku, the WASH advisor to SNV Netherlands, implored the journalists to place premium on issues which are dear to the heart of the teeming populace.
According to him, it is incumbent upon us as journalists to sensitize Ghanaians about the essence of food Nutrition and Security, Renewable energy and water and sanitation.
Mr. Jesse Coffie Danku revealed that CSOs are being supported to design and implement their own advocacy plans in reaching out to the masses.
However, he tasked the media to educate the people against the negative effects of open defecation and indiscriminate dumping of refuse into our gutters and river bodies.
Mr. Charles Mawusi, a consultant at Trans Media Network and facilitator for the training entreated the journalists to enhance their reportage on developmental and human centered stories.
He hinted that, development partners, wants journalists to highlight the impact and success story of their activities on the societies.