“NABOCADO should be made a center of excellence for dev’t organizations” – CRS Country Director

Country Director of Catholic Relief Services, CRS, Daniel Mumuni has praised the Navrongo- Bolgatanga Catholic Diocesan Development Organization, NABOCADO and called for it to be recognized as a Center of Excellence for all Diocesan Development Organizations.

Speaking Tuesday, 8th November 2023 at a three-day Learning session for Caritas / Diocesan Development Organizations held in Bolgatanga, Mr. Mumuni expressed his excitement at NABOCADO leading the engagement, highlighting the importance of peer learning being preached by CRS Ghana.
He stated “I have always advocated that NABOCADO should be made a center of excellence where all dioceses can come to learn about the structures needed to implement development programs. So, they’re registered, they have a board, they have a strategic plan, they’ve robust financial management systems. They have various structures, including program management teams that can go out to deliver and implement programs. So, makes it easy for us to either put funds in them or support them to attract resources.

The CRS Country Director also mentioned their successful collaboration with NABOCADO over the past year, resulting in increased resources for the organization. “In the last year, we have implemented two or three programs together and on the back of it, they have also gotten more resources. Today [NABOCADO] is one of the largest implementers of UNHCR on the Refugee crisis. It is happening because they (NABOCADO) have taken the pain to develop their institutional capacity.”

The three-day learning session attended by Diocesan Development Coordinators from across Ghana, aims identify gaps and best practices, it also draws upon NABOCADO’s learning experiences and develop a prototype organizational structure that will enhance the roadmap for functional Diocesan Development Organizations (DDOs).

Below are excerpts of the meeting in pictures.

Capacity Strengthening; NABOCADO, CRS holds EMPOWER Assessment review workshop.

NABOCADO has successfully completed a two-days capacity strengthening assessment and action plans review meeting with EMPOWER West Africa.

The meeting, which was facilitated by The Catholic Relief Services, CRS aims to increase and advance local leadership of humanitarian responses through institutional strengthening and direct funding of Local Humanitarian Actors (LHAs).

NABOCADO as an LHA has been working with CRS to improve its capacity and operations to meet international standards through self-assessment and evaluation.

About 20 staff from all directorates of NABOCADO were taken through presentations and discussions which in the areas of Caritas International, CI Management Standards and CRS HOCAI, EMPOWER sectoral assessment tools and high-level results and findings of NABOCADO
SRFMP assessment.

The EMPOWER (Empowering Partner Organizations Working on Emergency Responses) project began in 2018 in the Latin American and Caribbean Region. It expanded in 2021 to CRS’ Asia Regional Office and is being launched in CRS’ West Africa Regional Office (WARO) at the start of 2023. Leveraging lessons learned and recommendations from the preceding EMPOWER projects, EMPOWER West Africa will grow a team of emergency response technical advisers whose primary role is to strengthen the emergency response capacity of LHAs in West Africa and support them to implement high quality emergency responses.

Very Rev. Fr. Lawrence Azure Vicar General of Navrongo-Bolgatanga Catholic Diocese,

Based on local organizations’ self-assessment of their self-identified operational and technical support needs and requests for support, EMPOWER provides participating organizations with demand-driven technical resources, on-the-job support, training and accompaniment, and organizes regional workshops to facilitate shared learning and strengthening of peer networks among local humanitarian actors.

EMPOWER also manages a rapid response fund, through which, participating local organizations propose and receive funding for emergency response programs to support communities impacted by crises in West Africa.

Present for the session was Vicar General for the Navrongo-Bolgatanga Catholic Diocese, Very Rev. Fr. Lawrence Azure expressed the Diocese’s gratitude to CRS for its continued support for the activities and growth of NABOCADO whiles urging staff to implement the ideas and learnings derive from the engagement.

The two day’s workshop was facilitated by Head of Office at CRS Tamale, Timothy Akanpabadai, Micheal Augustin, EMPOWER at CRD in Dakar Senegal and Kassoum Ouattara, A Technical Advisor at the Himan Resources Department of CRS in Burkina Faso.

CRS Ghana train NABOCADO staff on Financial Management

The Catholic Relief Services Ghana has held a one day capacity building workshop for Project Leads and Finance Teams of the Nanvrongo-Bolgatanga Catholic Diocesan Development Organization (NABOCADO). 

The training according CRS will enhance the capacity of the organization to efficiently manage their finances and put in place standard measures to manage donor funds for development interventions.

This is in furtherance of Catholic Relief Services’ local leadership strategy, which empowers local organizations to be active deliverers of development.

it also goes on prove the longstanding commitment and partnership between CRS Ghana and NABOCADO on implementing development projects.

The training benefited over 20 staff of NABOCADO and was facilitated by George Akubia, Deputy Finance Manager at CRS.

CRS Holds Workshop for NABOCADO, NADMO Staff on Sahel Coastal Crisis Emergency Project

The Catholic Relief Services, CRS has held a one-day start-up training workshop for staff of the Navrongo-Bolgatanga Catholic Diocesan Development Organization, NABOCADO and the National Disaster Management Organization, NADMO, on planned relief services in the wake of increasing crossings of displaced persons from Burkina Faso into Ghana.

The training is geared towards the implementing planned activities under a project dubbed the Sahel Coastal Crisis Emergency Response Project.

As part of efforts to mitigate the plight of over 3,000 displaced persons, CRS has secured a USD100,000 support fund from the William J. and Dorothy K O’Neil Foundation to continue with relief services in the Upper East region of Ghana.

The project follows emergency response donations by CRS and NABOCADO in December 2022, as protracted attacks on their villages by armed militants groups have led to Burkinabes crossing into Bawku, Binduri, and Bawku West Districts in small groups daily.

The Sahel Coastal Crisis Emergency Response project according to a presentation by the Head of Office at CRS in Tamale, Akanpabadai Timothy Amang-bey seeks to mainly provide registered refugees with Cash for Food, improved Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Services by building 30 toilets units as well as identify and register new persons for future support.

• To increase understanding of both staff and key partners on Sahel Coastal Crisis Emergency Response project strategic direction, strategies and interventions, compliance requirements, and project roles and coordination mechanisms.
• To Identify roles and responsibilities and build necessary partnerships for the smooth implementation of the Sahel Coastal Crisis
Emergency Response project.
. To work with partners to develop Detailed Implementation Planning (DIP) of the Sahel Coastal Crisis Response Project with realistic timelines and budgets.
• To discuss logistical requirements and arrangements, and ensure staff and partners are well informed about the Project’s strategy and way forward.

NABOCADO, CRS Ghana launch COVID-19 Emergency Responds Project, CERP in Bolgatanga

Navrongo-Bolgatanga Catholic Diocesan Development Organization, NABOCADO in collaboration with the CRS Ghana, has launched the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund Project, CERP, at the Bolgatanga Catholic Social Center in the Upper Region of Ghana.
The project sponsored by OSPREY Foundation was developed by the Catholic Health Service of Navrongo-Bolgatanga Diocese, CHS-NaBoD with technical assistance from CRS and mainly geared towards promoting COVID-19 vaccine acceptance and uptake in the two underserved regions of Upper East and North-East.
In his welcome address, the Livelihood Coordinator of NABOCADO, Dr. Joseph Ayembila expressed gratitude to OSPREY Foundation for the funding support and underscored the need for stronger collaboration between stakeholders to bring down COVID-19 infections to zero in the two regions.
On his part, the Country Representative of CRS Ghana, Daniel Mumuni said CRS Ghana will continue to partner with NABOCADO and the organizations to deliver development.
” Through our local Leadership agenda, CRS as an international organization is positioning itself to build institutional capacity of partner organizations to respond appropriately to the development needs of the people they served in marginalized communities”.
Daniel Mumuni -Country Rep. CRS Ghana
In attendance were Upper East Regional Minister, Stephen Yakubu, President of Upper East Regional House of Chiefs and Paramount Chief of the Chiana Traditional Area, Pe Dituudini Adiana Ayagitam III, Country Representative of CRS Ghana, Daniel Mumuni, Human Development Coordinator of NABOCADO, Dr. Joseph Ayembila, District Chief Executives, Regional and District Health Directors from Upper East and North-East Region, Health Workers, Education services workers among others.
One pickup truck and six Apsonic Motorcycles purchased for the Project were presented to the Catholic Health Service of NABOCADO. See the still images below.