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A 3-day capacity building programme for the Caritas Diocesan Directors, key DC Staff and selected members of the National Centre Staff was held from 6th to 8th February 2017 at the SEDEC auditorium. This is the first of its kind programme, under the series of capacity building initiatives planned for the year, 2017.
The main objective of organizing such as programme was to strengthen the organizational capacity of the Caritas Sri Lanka network, especially in effective Project Management at all levels which would enable Caritas staff to meet required international standard and quality in project design & planning, implementation, monitoring & evaluation and accountability.
Welcoming the attendees, the National Director of Caritas Sri Lanka, Rev.Fr. Shanthi Kumar Weliwita said that by improving the capacity of the Caritas organization, we are increasing the potential to enrich the life of the poor and marginalized in the country. He also thanked Catholic Relief Services (CRS) for sponsoring this important workshop.
Mr. Yu Hwa Li, Senior Executive Manager of Caritas Sri Lanka said that the strategies of Caritas Internationalis, Caritas Asia and Caritas Sri Lanka, are aligned and express commitment to capacity building and strengthening of the Caritas Confederation. He further said that with the humanitarian industry rapidly changing, it is imperative for Caritas Sri Lanka to keep abreast with global standards in Project Management.
Rev. Fr. Celestine Melchlor Devasahayam, Consultant to CRS India and Mr. Kushal Neogy, Sub regional Director Partnerships for CRS South Asia jointly facilitated the programme.
The participants were introduced to key concepts such as Catholic Social Teachings, Leadership models, Project Management and Results Based Management (RBM). The training programme also had many interactive group sessions where participants shared their practical experiences and technical knowledge in handling numerous projects in the context of the project management cycle.