On 21-23 January 2009, IFFAMPAC conducted Capacity Building training sessions at its regional office in Lusaka, Zambia. The training sessions were attended by the executive members of African family associations. The focus of the training was designed to help family association executives create better working environments, including project proposal writing, use of internet, communications, and financial accountability.
In attendance were 21 executive members from two family associations, The Great Lakes Women Association in Zambia, and The Refugee Association for Better Life Club. The training sessions have improved several aspects of self-management for the family associations in Zambia by:
- developing the family associations’ capacities to manage their own affairs and education on approaches to develop their social rights;
- training to focus family associations on which goals and actions each association should pursue to best meet their members’ needs; and
- training to change the mind-set of families of the missing to realize that they are capable of learning and attaining the knowledge they need to understand their social rights.