The regional training program (Institutional Construction of Civil Society Organizations in the GCC), implemented by the Kuwait Society for Human Rights (KSHR), in cooperation with the International Republican Institute (IRI) and the U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), was launched yesterday in Kuwait.
Ms. Hala Balkanji, a follow-up and evaluation specialist for programs of the Middle East Civil Initiative, gave a brief overview of the International Republican Institute (IRI), noting that the repercussions of the Covid-19 prevented her from coming to Kuwait.
In the speech of the Society, Mr. Khaled Al-Hamidi Al-Ajmi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Kuwait Society for Human Rights, said that the program targets civil society organizations from Kuwait and Bahrain, and works to direct the minds of its workers towards a culture of institutional work, building their capabilities in the areas of strategic planning and project writing, helping them manage and develop their projects and ideas, and providing the necessary consultations to them in order to improve the work of their organizations and enable them to carry out their activities with high efficiency to achieve comprehensive community development.
He noted that the program in the first phase targets organizations from the State of Kuwait, followed by organizations from the Kingdom of Bahrain, noting that the general objective of the program is to enhance the capabilities of the participating organizations to carry out their work professionally to improve the quality of their projects and their capabilities in community development.
Al-Ajmi praised the great role played by the International Republican Institute and the U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) in assisting civil society organizations in the Arab Gulf region through their efforts in serving the organizations to play their active role in the development of societies and the prosperity of their countries.
For his part, and as a press statement, Mr. Ahmed Al-Banouj, Director of Gulf Programs at the International Republican Institute, said that the Institute supports the development of the capabilities of Kuwaiti civil society in order to build skills that enable it to contribute to the consolidation of a culture of collective work and to provide successful programs that benefit Kuwaiti society in all its categories. He added, "We are pleased to look forward to strengthening and diversifying our partnerships with all local actors, whether governmental or non-governmental, to implement purposeful and constructive programs in various fields."
The program will continue until next Wednesday, involving the participation of a selection of civil society organizations. It will be implemented in the training hall of the Society, taking into account the necessary health requirements.