Devatop Centre for Africa Development held a stakeholders’ meeting on the 7th of March 2022 at Daughters of Abraham foundation Abuja. In attendance were partners from Daughters of Abraham Foundation (DOAF), Media Coalition and Awareness to Halt Trafficking (MeCAHT), Network of Civil Society Organization Against Child Trafficking Abuse and Labour (NACTAL), Women Trafficking and Child Labour Eradication Foundation (WOTCLEF) and members of Devatop Center for African Development.
The meeting which is targeted at involving stakeholders to strengthen the output of the project by contributing their knowledge and experience to the project. The key issues discussed during the meeting includes: Partners engagement in Enugu and Edo state, Update on the survivors who participated in the previous project, Training centers for the Business management training for survivor and Strategies/Best Practices.
The partners suggested that Devatop work with Enugu state NACTAL Coordinator/FIIAP to enable Devatop identify active local actors who will support Devatop in the implementation in Enugu. It was also suggested that Devatop work with an independent organization in identifying a business hub for the training of survivors in Edo State. It was also suggested that Develop work with Enugu state NACTAL Coordinator/FIIAP to enable Devatop in identify active local actors who will support Devatop in the implementation in of the project Enugu State.
The partners discussed the progress of the first phase of the project especially as it relates to the progress made by the survivors trained. Out of the total number of 19 survivors who attended the training to it end, 5 of them from WOTCLEF have started using the skills to exchange for money though not as a fully setup business. Survivors from DOAF have not been able to put the skills to use except for one who is now empowering other survivors in MeCAHT shelter with the skill she learnt.
Considering the focus of the second phase of the project, it was suggested that Devatop contact those who participated in the first phase of the project that are already exchanging the skills for money to participate in this second phase while we recruit others from partners project who have acquire the skills to mark up the number for FCT.
The partners saw the need to work with a business hub who will provide professional services in training the survivors. They also made suggestions which includes working with ministry of employment and labour, and the contacts of individuals who own a business hub they have worked with was given by NACTAL as well