ENCISS awarded Presidential Gold Medal

ENCISS has received the Presidential Gold Medal in recognition of its service to the nation in promoting good governance Read more

ENCISS newsletter issue 4

ENCISS newsletter

The fourth edition of the ENCISS newsletter is available to download now, with the latest news, views and programme information from around Sierra Leone. Download now.

National CSO Forum hosted by ENCISS 13 June 2013

Highlights of the day included submission of civil society concerns to Honourable Alhaji Alpha Kanu and the election of three new CSO members to the ENCISS board. Read more.

News and views

Citizens and councils discuss development plans
Performance rankings revealed at Freetown ceremony
A cross section of delegates at the meeting
Former grantees share success stories in Bombali
CSOs engage with the constitutional review process

Learning Labs

Learning Labs. Read more.
Learning Labs is a new ENCISS initiative to promote a culture of sharing and learning among civil society and beyond, with the help of resources, events, radio broadcasts, case studies, testimonials and more.
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SMS Voices – a community reporting pilot

ENCISS has launched a pioneering community reporting pilot project that uses text message technology to connect citizens with local government in Sierra Leone. SMS Voices aims to support councillors to respond to members of their communities on current issues of concern. The three-month pilot sees 45 newly trained citizen reporters in Bo and Koinadugu Districts sharing news reports with their ward councillors via SMS (short message service – or text messaging), spanning themes such as gender, youth and justice. These councillors will then respond to the matters raised, again by text message, creating a feedback loop between citizens and local authorities. All conversations are transmitted and stored using a web-based system; ENCISS is monitoring the progress of the pilot with the help of an interactive map, below.

Find out more about SMS Voices

Grantee spotlight: championing women's leadership

A coalition of women's groups in northern Sierra Leone is standing up for a woman's right to have a say and to participate in local decision-making. The Koinadugu Women's Group is a collective of 30 organisations representing nine of Koinadugu District's 11 chiefdoms. The women have championed the representation of women in local government and community organisations; they have done this by challenging the beliefs that have stifled gender equality and prevented many women from taking on leadership roles in their communities.
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Hawa Conteh, group coordinator