On the 3rd of March 2020, BOCONGO hosted a full day workshop with its members to share their insights and experiences. The workshop was facilitated by Sarah Thomas of the Centre for International Development and Training (CIDT) which has been contracted to conduct the study. The government of Botswana recognises NGOs through the work of the council, therefore participating in such fact finding exercises allows CCB to lend its voice and the concerns of the communities we work with to national operations. Participants were engaged in a number of group work exercises aimed at giving nuanced analyses of the local climate, providing timelines for optimized operation, evaluating stakeholder engagements, mapping obstacles and defining measures of success.
A concern of the CCB team members in attendance was that Botswana’s civil society was not as diversely represented as it could have been – considering the importance of such consultative meetings. However, civil society reports marked success through community engagement across the country. As a result, partnering on projects was highlighted as a potential means of ensuring sustainability and resource optimization. With skill resources being scant within organisations, sharing human resources on projects was recognised as a solution. Furthermore, there was mention of initiation of new entrants into the civil society arena through mentoring and advocacy training so as to create momentum for interventions they will inherit.
The final report is to be shared with BOCONGO in June/July 2020 for distribution. The report will consist of all work done in the six countries in a single document – with case studies, references and examples given from all countries involved in the study. Findings of this report should provide valuable insight to what organizations in Botswana are doing well, where they have shortcomings, and what opportunities exist for capitalizing on funding resources. As a community focused organization, CCB is invested in getting the most out of the available resources to make promoting coexistence a sustainable reality in Botswana.