Training workshop for civil society focused on leadership development concludes

Oct 29, 2013

Male’, October 29, 2013: The first in a series of workshops targeting capacity building of civil society organisations in the Maldives concluded today. The workshop was held as part of the one-year capacity development programme for the local civil society sector, organized by the Integrated Governance Programme (IGP) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with support from the US Department of State.

The four-day workshop from 26 to 29 October, was part of the first phase of the programme, which will introduce a series of training workshops in a number of key areas identified through a capacity needs assessment of the civil society sector conducted by UNDP.
This first workshop, titled ‘Developing Leadership for the Civil Society of the Future’saw 24 participants from 15 NGOs from Male’, and Laamu and Lhaviyani Atolls successfully complete the workshop, which covered the topics of;

1. Positioning civil society in Maldivian context – role of CSOs and leaders
2. Understanding leadership – role of a leader; exploring your own leadership; leadership styles and approaches
3. Leadership skills – balancing task, team and individual needs; visioning and communicating an inspiring vision and mission; strategic thinking and planning; team feedback and communication
4. Leading vs managing – striking the right balance in the local context
5. People management and development – motivating, relationship building, delegation, feedback, coaching, and
6. Development of action plan.

“Civil society’s contributions to development have a long and rich history in the Maldives. Civil society channels the voices of vulnerable groups, including youth and women. You all play an important role in ensuring that development priorities and plans respond to the needs of the marginalized groups and in advocating for equity and inclusion. UNDP is committed to long-term and sustained partnership with civil society representatives and to help build institutional capacities of civil society organizations in the Maldives,” said Ms. Azusa Kubota, Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP, speaking at the opening ceremony of the workshop.

Abdul Raheem Nashid Abdul Latheef, a participant at the workshop from NGO Naifaru Juvenile said that as the role of NGOs become bigger in the islands, the workshop was useful as it presented ways for NGOs to better plan and become more structured in their work. “We learnt a lot from the support received through the former UNDP and Government-led ‘Atoll Development for Sustainable Livelihoods’ project, in terms of planning and leadership skills. This workshop has reinforced and built up on that knowledge, and comes at an opportune time as we gear up to draft our new five-year strategic plan,” he added.

The aim of UNDP IGP’s capacity development programme for Maldivian civil society organizations is to enhance organizational capacity of civil society organizations for their effective participation in democracy and enhance their contributions in promoting development. It also aims to support committed civil society organizations to take leadership for information sharing, strengthening partnerships and networking among civil society organizations within their region.


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