AWDF Leadership and Governance Programme; unlocking great potential in Women’s rights organisations

The award was received by executive director Marcella Samba-Sesay and acting programmes director Bernadette French

AWDF grantee partner, Campaign for Good Governance (CGG) blazed the trail when they won the “Outstanding CSO of the Year” award at the 2018 Sierra Leone NGO awards held in Freetown on December 13, 2018.

CGG is one of our grantees to benefit from the AWDF two-year coaching programme on leadership and governance targeted at CEOs, Executive Directors and second level management. AWDF believes that strong leaders and organisations provide the backbone for social change and development and therefore places a high premium on investing in both individual leaders and governance frameworks of African women’s rights organisations. Out of the Leadership and Governance Programme, CGG has been able to contribute immensely to the promotion of human rights, women’s political empowerment and good governance in Sierra Leone.

From mobilising women as active voters, training female candidates and first time voters, to recruiting a new executive director, CGG has taken the lead to reposition the Women’s Form and the All Political Party Women’s Association (APPWA) as effective social movements to champion women’s issues in the country.

Receiving the award, Executive Director Marcella Samba-Sesay acknowledged the work of the CGG team and thanked the organisers for recognising the work and contributions of the organisation in Sierra Leone. “This (award) is a stepping stone and motivation to do more and CGG will always work with the values for which it was established,” she added.

The Sierra Leone Business, CEO, Leadership and NGO Awards recognise leaders pioneering the reforms, rapid modernisation, consolidation, integration and expansion of Sierra Leonean enterprises, public institutions and promoting socio-economic growth across the country and beyond. This is the third annual ceremony presented at a gala dinner in the capital which is organised by a consortium of national and international organisations.