124 (March 2014)
Monthly Internet edition of the African Movement of Working Children and Youth
Published by Enda with
the support of Plan
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Special: press release from AMWCY Executive Managerial Group
For a good budget and activities planning and a transparent management of its financial resources (granted by partners and which Enda Jeunesse Action manages), AMWCY selected a few delegates from member countries within the Executive Managerial Group (EMG). EMG is now responsible for the monitoring of AMWCY’s budget and activities. It will take necessary urgent decisions, meet and discuss with regional partners. The new EMG was set up during AMWCY 9th General Assembly which was held in Ouagadougou. Its first meeting was organized in Dakar, Senegal at Enda’s office, from 3 to 3 February 2013. At the end of its meeting, EMG made the following press release.
Dear WCY friends, facilitators, partners and well-wishers of our Movement
We, new friends of AMWCY’s Executive Management Group (after the meeting held in Ouagadougou, attached are the signatories of the present message) organized our very first meeting of the year from 03 to 12 February 2014, in Dakar, Senegal. The meeting dealt with several items focusing especially on the following points:
Countries that are faced with a crisis
At the outset of the meeting, we talked about the condition of the countries which are faced with a crisis, particularly Central Africa and Mali. Therefore, we gathered information relating to the serious situation that has been prevailing in Central Africa where a number of children died, including some of our WCY friends. We are calling for the return of peace and respect of children’s rights for the conflict has taken a heavy toll on children.
As far as Mali is concerned, we pray for the return of a lasting peace. We salute the solidarity that was shown by AWCY National Co-ordination of the country which hosted some WCYs and their parents during the crisis.
Outcome of the financial support provided for the achievement of AWCY’s and National Co-ordinations’ action plans
When carrying out the assessment of the financial supports regarding the achievement of AWCYs’ and National Co-ordinations’ action plans, we found out that in 2013, 250 AWCYs which met the requirements received financial supports from AMWCY, representing 237 former, and 13 new associations. 19 AWCY National Co-ordinations have also received their financial supports.
Update on current accounts opening
We gave all relevant information on current accounts. Many AWCYs opened their current accounts with banks and savings or credit institutions. By the way, there are some countries in which all AWCYs have their own current accounts; others where more than half of them have theirs, and very few countries with only one current account. Among the 340 AWCY members, 236 WCYs have already opened their current accounts. Those who do not have current accounts are located in cities where there is no bank or savings institution, while others’ main concern is to be acknowledged nation-wide. Therefore, we are asking concerned AWCYs to check if they can possibly open accounts with the blessing of the cities.
Exchanging on children protection (experience) capitalization
We exchanged on the study of WCYs (experiences) capitalization in child protection, which was conducted in four countries, namely: Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Niger and Senegal. We later held a debate around recommendations made by the consultant. We discussed and made some proposals by way of contribution.
Reviewing resources use
By looking at AMWCY’s global table, we noticed that member countries of the Movement are not at the same level of local resource mobilization. Some of them made significant progress and even got higher than 90%. Those countries have more than half of the money granted to AMWCY. Some other countries made a little progress, while other mobilized less money in 2013 than in 2012.
In regards to this table, we discussed IGA, for items have not been balanced under this heading. There are some countries in which the percentage regarding employment is higher than the resources percentage. This unbalance can be justified by the fact that WCYs take a lot time to make profit from some IGA that can match what was invested. Besides, at the beginning of some IGA, WCYs carry out some promotional activities to attract customers. We are hereby inviting all AWCYs to diversify and put in place profitable and sustainable IGA to get more financial autonomy, not to depend fully on partners.
Reviewing members’ statistics
Our Movement, the AMWCY, has achieved its goal which is to get 73% children. However, the AMWCY is not gaining ground in terms of associations. It has 706,261 members and well-wishers, 3,431 grassroots groups in 340 AWCY; that is to say an average of 10 grassroots groups per AWCY. These AWCYs are scattered over in 26 countries, out of which 19 are organized into Co-ordinations. We have confirmed the percentage of well-wishers statistics (30) which were given by our predecessors.
Reviewing the results of the questionnaire on the monitoring of the impact of children’s rights
We have brought some changes to the former questionnaire on children’s rights in order to make it easier to understand the issues. This new questionnaire will be sent to all AMWCY member countries. It should be answered by all grassroots groups, except by those who were set up less than six months ago. Each grassroots group should draw at random four (4) WCYs, that is to say 03 children and 01 youth and two adults, to answer the questions. All AWCYs should send to Enda the answers of their respective grassroots groups to the questionnaire no later than 1st June 2014, so that they could be dealt with during our next EMG meeting which will take place at the beginning of July 2014.
Furthermore, we have noticed from the answers we gathered from the 2013-questionnaire that the AMWCY, which is made up of 212.314 members, protects 513.153 people (members and non-members) against violence abuses and injustice.
Reviewing Co-ordinations’ monitoring tool
In 2013, two criteria were added to the former table related to girls’ organization and participation in decision-taking bodies and trainings. Between 2012 and 2013, we can see that there are some criteria regarding which AWCY makes progress, others where they stagnate and others where they are losing further ground. We encourage AWCYs who made some headway to persevere and work towards the consolidation of their achievements. As far as AWCYs who lost ground are concerned, we ask them to do their best to meet the challenge.
Meeting with the auditor
Our meeting coincided with the auditing of the accounts of our Movement which is managed by our supporting body Enda Jeunesse Action.
On 10 February 2014, we welcomed the auditor of Plan, Mr. Andrade, from the Accounting Firm Aziz Gueye, which was commissioned by Plan to audit AMWCY’s accounts. According to Mr. Andrade, AMWCY’s accounts are globally very well managed. He gave us some encouraging words: «you perform sometimes better than adults», while asking us to keep up the good work. He also asked us to send scanned supporting documents within the next fifteen days, just after the workshop. However, he insisted that auditors mainly work with original documents. Therefore, we do recommend to all national Co-ordinations to avail themselves of AMWCY’s meetings such as EMG, GAT etc, to gather or hand out original supporting documents. Mr. Andrade emphasized the fact that AMWCY has gained a lot of ground mostly in the field of working children literacy.
Reviewing and validating narrative and financial reports
From the recapitulative table of the Movement’s activities, we went over the AMWCY 2013 narrative and financial reports that were sent to the partners of Plan and Save the Children. We approved and validated all the narrative reports and accounts after studying budget monitoring tables (Plan, Save the Children).
Budgetary and activities planning of Plan and Save Finland, and Save Sweden and Oak for 2014
This planning takes into account the different areas of activity of AMWCY: training sessions, national and sub-regional workshops, support for the achievement of AWCY and Co-ordination action plans, IT equipment, communication, international meetings, audits etc.
The budgets of Save Sweden and Oak Foundation are not yet approved by partners but we received relevant information on them. We talked about guidelines in existing budgets or proposed other supplementary guidelines.
Overall, we did our best to balance the budget between different partners following AMWCY guidelines. We discussed and approved the 2014 budget.
Technical support visits
In 2013, priority was given to countries which had not been visited since 2009. At the end of the year, we did more than our share of planned visits, going from 68 to 80 AWCYs.
During our meeting, we took a census of all the cities to be visited this year, went over cities under observation and those that spent three years without receiving a technical support visit. We updated the table of AWCY members of the Movement who should get financial supports this year.
In doing so, we noticed that there are some associations we already paid a visit to, and which were confirmed as members during the 9th meeting, but which had not sent yet documents needed for financial support.
Discussion about the Benin case
Once again, we went over the case of Benin where, in 2012, problems caused by people who were leading some AWCYs were met during the distribution of support to AWCYs. Those problems were solved in 2013 through a loan of the amount owed by Enda to the National Coordination of AWCY Benin. The problems resulted in the measure that funds should be conveyed to AWCYs through the banking system (opening of current accounts discussed above (in 201, and many discussions were held with the partners.
If such problems were to take place again in other AWCYs, it is obvious that that would jeopardize all the financing process of AMWCY. We are calling on all AWCYs and National Co-ordinations to be more vigilant and abide by procedures detailed in the AMWCY Procedure Handbook given to all of them.
Invitation to take part in a festival in Norway
Our Movement has been invited to take part in the St Olav Festival which will be organized from 26 July to 02 August, 2014 in Trondheim, Norway. If conditions are met, AMWCY will be represented by 02 children selected during our meeting. The festival will insist on “the right of children to be heard”, a theme to be discussed between children from Norway and those belonging to invited organizations or movements from Asia, Latin America and Africa.
Debates relating to the Communication of the Movement
We held a working session with Enda’s communication staff. They presented to us some of AMWCY communication tools, namely the AMWCY yearly newsletter «Defi des EJT no 14» with its poster; the monthly electronic newsletter «Calao Express», «Jeuda» and a website. A draft of «Defi des EJT» was given to us for our comments. We later had some explanations on the process followed by the editing of the information newsletter and Jeuda. We consulted also the AMWCY Website.
Communication’s tools help showcase our Movement. That is why it is necessary for each country to communicate and send regularly information and illustrations on grassroots group activities, AWCY and Co-ordinations for Calao Express and the website in order to give more visibility to WCYs activities.
For a better and regular feeding of the website, we are asking each Co-ordination to send its activities reports which will be added to facts about their country on the map of Africa which is shown on the page. We discussed with them on how WCYs use publications; the difficulties they were confronted with, and the results they achieved thanks to the communication tools.
Meeting partners from the mobile children group
On 6 February, we took part in a meeting of the Regional Group for the Protection of Mobile Children of which AMWCY is a member, along with BIT, ENDA, OIM, PLAN, SAVE, SOS, SSI, TDH, UNDC, UNICEF, and WVI. During the discussions, we talked about our meeting objectives, shared information on the activities carried out by WCYS in order to protect children, etc. Then, we discussed the activities we would like to conduct together with ECOWAS and the group of protection agencies. We also took part in group works.
Paying visits to our partners
In the morning, February 10, 2014, we were pleased to welcome Mr. Moussa Mbaye, Executive Secretary of Enda Tiers Monde. During his visit, Mr. Mbaye advised us to learn by doing and wished us success in our works. As far as he is concerned, the future of Africa lies in her children’s hands. Africa has the natural resources it needs for its development. He reminded us that AMWCY should believe in what it is doing because children are the present of the African continent.
The following day, we also welcomed Enyo Gbedemah, Patricia Herran and Caroline, respectively from Save the Children and World Vision. The Managing Director of Plan, Adama Coulibaly, also wanted to meet us. He later apologized because he could not make it.
On behalf of AMWC, we would like to thank all the partners who have faith in our Movement and who continuously bring all kinds of support to us.
Signed in Dakar, on 12 February 2014
Executive Managerial Group (EMG)
AROUNA Djouwératou, Benin,email@example.com
EJEMI Bralaye Gift, Nigeria, firstname.lastname@example.org
MANSARE Philippe fya, Guinea Conakry,email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
MARIKO Fatoumata, Mali, email@example.com
MOHAMADOU Farida, Niger, firstname.lastname@example.org
NDIONE Amy, Senegal, email@example.com
UWIZEYIMANA Olivier, Rwanda, firstname.lastname@example.org
Facilitator: ESSOMBA ONGUENE Wilfried Cameroon, email@example.com
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