This capacity development workshop catered for 57 participants from nine countries in the Eastern and Southern Africa Region (ESAR), plus three members of UNICEF’s Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO) and two members from UNICEF’s New York Headquarters (NYHQ). Among the participants were 23 Government partners, plus representatives from the Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) such as the Forum of African Women Educationalists (FAWE) and UNICEF officers. The NMF was represented, as well as the HS and UNICEF’s Private Sector Division (PSD) in Geneva. There were also experts from three organisations including the Human Science Research Council (HSRC), Media in Education Trust (MiET) and Miske Witt & Associates.
The purpose of this capacity-development workshop was to provide Government counterparts, UNICEF officers, the NMF and other partners with an opportunity to develop their capacity and knowledge base for the effective planning, implementation and monitoring of the rights-based and gender-sensitive CFS programme, especially for girls and Orphans and other Vulnerable Children (OVC) in each country. There were seven specific objectives with related outcomes and a series of participatory activities to achieve them.