UNDP-EU support to improve Capacity Development in Seychelles

UNDP-EU support to improve Capacity Development in Seychelles
UNDP SUPPORTs THE GOVERNMENT OF SEYCHELLES TO BUILD GOOD GOVERNANCE CAPACITY

The main objective of the Seychelles Governance Capacity Building Programme which is funded by the European Union (EU), is to support the efforts of State and Non State Actors to continue improving and strengthening governance capacity in Seychelles with an emphasis on the area of human (including gender) rights by empowering State and Non State Actors through capacity building and training. Particular attention is placed on promoting good governance and sustainable human development.

Highlights

  • This project has improved the capacity of the police and prisons and new policy making bodies to understand and consistently adhere to human rights practices and principles
  • A small grants component under the programme for the amount of EUR 281,600 to State and Non State Actors was provided for carrying out governance related activities
  • A total of 13 projects were approved and carried out over a span of 9 to 18 months. Grantees included 8 Non State Actors and 5 State act

Mr Roland Alcindor, Programme Manager, states that the Specific Objectives of the programme are firstly to continue strengthening the capacity of the policy-making bodies, the criminal justice system, security and law enforcement organisations in respecting and adhering to human rights practices and principles in their work and secondly to strengthen the capacity of non state and state organisations' in order to encourage their participation in development policy, notably in the area of governance.

A small grants component under the programme for the amount of EUR 281,600 to State and Non State Actors was provided for carrying out governance related activities. A total of 13 projects were approved and carried out over a span of 9 to 18 months. Grantees included 8 Non State Actors and 5 State actors. The projects varied considerably in their scope and focus, and included amongst others, strengthening public participation in environmental decision-making; promoting of disabled people's rights; modernisation of existing family laws; development of procedures and practices to reduce corruption in the revenue service; promoting women's rights; improving availability of and access to blood at the hospital services; antidrug abuse awareness and empowerment issues; promotion, awareness of copyright issues; empowering youth to participate in sustainable development decision making and strengthening of the umbrella NGO association- Liaison Unit for Non Governmental Organisations.

This project has improved the capacity of the police and prisons and new policy making bodies to understand and consistently adhere to human rights practices and principles in their respective areas of work through the development of training courses.

Reports on the status of implementation of the human rights treaties to which the Republic of Seychelles is a signatory have been produced and validated.

The development of Human Rights National Plan of Action was undertaken by a National Consultant assisted by the Commonwealth and has identified priority areas of action for the next five years. The plan has reached its final stages and will be submitted to the Cabinet of Ministers for Government approval.

The programme has also improved the ability of State and Non State Actors to network and forge effective partnerships, participate in, and influence development policy making, notably in areas of good governance in particular Human Rights.

It is expected that these grants will boost public awareness and participation, forging effective partnerships to influence development policy-making in matters of governance.

One of the beneficiaries of the project, the prison services has also developed a Strategic Plan and A Rehabilitation and Management Plan which will guide Prison Services actions for the next five years.

The project will draw to a close soon. Criteria for sustainability were important considerations for project activities. It is expected that all organisations that have participated in the project can build on the groundwork that has been carried out during the project.