Between 26th and 31st march 2012, AWEPON undertook a re-orientation workshop. During this meeting, members reviewed its "Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats" after 19 years of its formation. The purpose was to reposition the organization given the current global socio - economic trends as well as to review the DANIDA funded Women's Economic Empowerment Project(WEEP) which was coming to an end by June 30th 2012.
The workshop which took place at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala - Uganda was attended by 30 participants out of whom were members of the former AWEPON Steering and management Committee (Which is now the Board), members of the Finance and Administration Committee, staff from the 6 focal points implementing the WEEP project - which include; Kenya, Tanzania, Lesotho, Cameroun, Democratic republic of Congo, and Uganda), and Secretariat staff.
Since its inception in 1993, AWEPON had hardly conducted an organisational an effective re -assessment and review to evaluate and enhance its capacity. However, the organisation has grown in scope and depth. Besides growth, the expectations from both the membership and partners including global economic demands were changing.
Between its inception and March 2012, a number of interventions had already been implemented and others were still being implemented under each of the four major thematic areas of the organization which include; Economic literacy, Poverty, Gender and Macro economic Policy, Gender and trade, Gender, Environment and climate change.
In order for AWEPON to reposition itself strategically as a relevant and effective Pan African Network with strong development and advocacy agenda in the new global agenda, but grounded on a faith based platform, it was imperative for it to review its mandate, structure, programmes and institutional capacity.
Outcomes of the workshop
By the end of the workshop the organizational Mission, Vision, Objectives, Values and structure had been reviewed as follows:
To empower women especially at grass root level and establish Networks for economic sustainability.
To achieve household economic intergrity and sustainability.
- To create a forum where groups working on economic issues link up, share experiences from national, regional and international perspectives.
- To strengthen the capacity of members and their partners at all levels to analyze, critique and build alternatives to unjust economic policies through research, training, mentorship and information sharing.
- To enhance women's productive capacities through business projects incubation and microfinance support.
- Honesty and Integrity
- Respect for people with a spirit of love
Thestructure and management of AWEPON were reviewed as well;
The Steering and Management Committee was changed to be the BOARD,
The Finance and Administration Committee was dissolved; and new committees within the Board were appointed and these are:
- Governance and Nominations Committee G&N)
- Finance, Audit and Risk Committee (FAR)
- Executive and Alliances Committee (EAC)
AWEPON Board members;
|Josephine Kamel||Chair person||Egypt|
|Rev.Rose Lala Biasima||Vice Chairperson||DRC|
|Mwajuma Alice Abok||Member||Kenya|
|Yongui Massok Marie Therese||Member||Cameroon|
|Lilliane de Massok||Member||Cameroon|
|Bula Omega||Special Advisor||Canada|
|Executive Director||Ex official||Uganda|
With effect from 1st May 2012, Mrs. Florence Kasule who has been the Programs Manager was appointed to be the new Ag. Executive Director of AWEPON. Ms. Joyce N. Nsubuga is the Finance and Administration Officer.