MINERS’ FORM MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES
Upon receipt of their mining equipment, the first group of 18 mining households from three (3) communities has initiated the establishment of management committees in their communitie. The committees are made up of the beneficiaries in each community, who have elected their own leaders. These committees will serve a number of purposes in support of the project success.
The Management committees are responsible to liaise with the implementing partners, Federation of Miners Association of Liberia (FOMAL), and Rights and Rice Foundation (RRF). The Committees will also be signatories to the revolving loan scheme account to be set up for the project. They will be responsible for ensuring the collection of the repayment of the loan, which each group of beneficiaries have committed themselves to pay. Payment of the loans will go to fund the procurement of additional equipment which will go to benefit the other stand-by groups, waiting to benefit from the mining equipment.
Finally the Management Committees have begun the process of taking ownership of the project and in this way beginning to ensure sustainability and replicability of the project. The establishment of the ManagementCommittees is a major organizational accomplishment for the miners’.
With the support of our donors, the Management Committees will be trained to manage the project, oversee the revolving loan scheme and provide necessary liaison to the implementing partners, jointly undertaking supervision and monitoring of the project.
Report prepared by James Yarsiah, Project Leader, Liberia
December 27, 2012
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