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Friday, 07 May 2021 16:20

Fighting Hate Speech Through Awareness

A progress review meeting to discuss the results of a capacity assessment of NPC’s 17 district partner organizations was held in Colombo under the Plural Action for Conflict Transformation (PACT) project, which is funded by Misereor and Cafod. Participants discussed their ideas for the way forward as civil society organizations amid new challenges.

In 2021 NPC has been carrying out capacity assessments of its district partner organizations that coordinate the District Inter Religious Committees (DIRCs). A checklist was created to assess the
strengths and weaknesses of partner organizations and their relationships with DIRCs to identify the gaps and issues that exist and to help them overcome any deficiencies.

After capacity assessments were conducted in the 17 districts NPC, with the help of data analyst and researcher Shashik Silva from the Social Scientists Association, analysed the data to determine where each partner organization was placed in terms of their relationships with DIRCs, the NGO Secretariat, government organizations and NPC and other relevant aspects. This helped to determine areas that they had to improve in order to strengthen and sustain the DIRCs in a more effective manner.