From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

Campaign for Good Governance (CGG) in Sierra Leone gets new dynamic Head
By Sayoh Kamara
May 8, 2006, 14:07

The Non-Governmental Organisation, Campaign for Good Governance (CGG) in Sierra Leone now has a new National Coordinator in the person of Ms. Valnora Edwin. Ms. Edwinís appointment was made effective from 3rd April 2006 after what she described as "a vigorous but rewarding selection and interview process."

Valnora Edwin: Congratulations

Valnora Edwin has served the CGG in various capacities for six years, starting as Assistant Human Rights Officer in 2000.

Speaking to Awareness Times over the weekend, Ms. Edwin assured to continue to uphold the organisationís fundamental objectives as well as maintain its independence.

"As we move swiftly towards 2007 and our second Presidential and Parliamentary elections in post conflict Sierra Leone, CGG stands poised to work with all partners to ensure that this process is done in the best interest of the people of Sierra Leone," Valnora Edwin further assured.

The CGG was established on 1st July, 1996, after the first multi party democratic elections in three decades, to promote good governance. It has as its mission to increase citizen participation in governance through advocacy, capacity building and civic education in order to build a more informed civil populace and a democratic state.

The organisation also has as its overall objectives: to assist in the strengthening of democratic institutions in and out of government, to conduct civic education campaigns on Human Rights, peace building and reconciliation, democracy an good governance through working with various civil groups with the same objectives and to encourage national identity through a cultural and historical awareness campaign among others.

Since its inception, the CGG has recorded several successes within the national socio-politic of Sierra Leone and these too include: the development of partnership between civil society and government based on dialogue, consultation and collaboration, promotion, of dialogue, consultation and networking among civil society groups, the sensitization of the Sierra Leone public on democracy and good governance, which to a great extent has enabled them to participate in the evolving political process and the facilitation of broad-base discussions amongst Sierra Leoneans in public forums, radio, etc on current political issues that affect the sustainability of good governance.

The CGG has been funded by a number of agencies and institutions including: DFID (The Department for International Development), United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-Office of Transitional Initiative through the World Vision International, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) in the USA, the American Embassy in Sierra Leone and the Open Society Initiative West Africa (OSIWA).

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