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Sudan: Commissioner General for Humanitarian Aid Calls for partnerships between national voluntary aid organizations

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Khartoum, Dec. 28 (SUNA) - Commissioner General for Humanitarian Aid, Hassabo Mohamed Abdul-Rahman, has stressed the need for building partnerships between the local organizations working in the field of voluntary work in the country. Addressing a workshop organized by the Peace and Global Development Organization over the five-year strategic plan in the premises of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Monday, Abdul-Rahman said that the Sudanization of voluntary work was demanded for the President of the Republic and is very important, especially in the fields of implementation of projects, employment and building of national organizations. He referred to the need for boosting the involvement of local communities by training and rehabilitation of citizens in the domains of health and education. He indicated that there are about 3,200 voluntary organizations registered with the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs that are in need of capacity building and standards in order to benefit from the support being provided by the international community and the United Nations. He said that the capacity of most of the local organizations are better than that of foreign organizations, affirming that engagement in partnerships will reduce the presence of foreign organizations, stressing the importance building the capacity of the organizations in collaboration with donors. He praised the efforts by the Peace and Global Development Organization, stressing that the Ministry will continue to support the organizations that have done considerable work in the areas of Darfur and Khartoum State. Abdul-Rahman explained that involvement of the Peace and Global Development Organization and other organizations has contributed greatly to the voluntary return of the IDPs as well as the reconstruction process, besides providing the needs of 1,200,000 of the returnees over the past three years. Meanwhile, representative of the Board of Directors of Peace and Global Development Organization, Ambassador Omer Brido, also addressed the workshop praising the scientific approach adopted by the organization to achieve its mission for combating poverty and capacity building. He referred to the close cooperation between the Businessmen Association and the Chamber of Zakat and organizations of the United Nations. Ambassador Barido then presented a paper at the workshop which analyzed the five-year strategy, which started in 2007 and will last till 2011. The paper dealt with the features of the strategy and focused on the work of the Peace and Global Development Organization through its offices in many Sudanese states, including basic principles of the organization, establishing relations with others, implementing programmes and commitment to the unity of Sudan and peace building programmes, support to women and combating poverty. MF/MO