The Institute of Humanitarian Studies and Social Development (IHSD) has over the years, maintained consistency in their training program thereby helping individuals to build a professional career in the NGO/development sector, while at the same time helping organizations to achieve human capital development and organizational efficiency cum prompt response to humanitarian issues. But the need to re-package and scale up certain aspects of their training programs through partnership cannot be over-emphasized, as this would help mobilize more participants and generate more funds if well publicized. This was the core message brought by the IHSD, Abuja, to the African Heritage Institution (AfriHeritage) on Monday June 24, 2019, as the Institute seeks a strategic collaborative partnership with AfriHeritage to ensure a dynamic response to the growing demands of the society. Led by the Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute, Prince Francis Origa, the IHSD team commended AfriHeritage for the significant work the think-tank is doing in the promotion of evidence-based policy making in social economic development, political governance, gender issues, and all the other areas of its thematic interest, in Nigeria and the African region. Prince Origa outlined some of the areas his institute runs capacity development trainings for not-for profit organizations as: Essentials and Dynamics of NGO Management; Community Needs Assessment; Community Mobilization; Advocacy; Resolving Conflict using the UN Diplomatic Tracks; etc.
Welcoming the visitors to the think tank’s premises in Enugu, the Executive Director of AfriHeritage, Professor Ufo Okeke-Uzodike, emphasized that in line with the Institution’s mandate, it will continue to support and advocate for local and national development through strategic partnerships with organizations who are actively involved in community development through humanitarian activities. Prof. Okeke-Uzodike explained the thematic areas of AfriHeritage and agreed with the visitors on the importance of partnership in social and humanitarian work, saying such synergies help to increase the capacity of the NGOs and boost their relevance by making more impact in sustainable development in the country and beyond.
Present at the meeting were: Prof. Ufo Okeke-Uzodike – Executive Director; Dr. Nathaniel Urama; Urama - Director of Applied Economics; Emeka Odom - Communications Manager - Mrs. Beatrice Ndibe - Admin/HR Manager; Samson Ezeokeke - Finance and Accounts Manager; Obianuju Eloji - Communications Officer (all from AfriHeritage). IHDS was represented by: Prince Francis Origa – Registrar/CEO; Adaeze Ejindu.
The meeting promised to explore the issues raised at the meeting and to discuss further on the possibilities of the collaboration.