Gozo Minister discusses the Ministry’s NGOs Assistance Scheme

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Gozo Minister discusses the Ministry's NGOs Assistance SchemeDuring a seminar on the Ministry for Gozo NGOs Assistance Scheme, the Minister for Gozo Dr Justyne Caruana said that the 2018 scheme will allow for longer time-frames for project implementation.

The seminar was organised by the Gozo NGOs Association, who welcomed “this most welcome news.”

The Minister for Gozo remarked that this year’s call made it mandatory that projects were to be completed by the first week of December 2017.

“Making it possible, in future calls, for projects to be completed in more than twelve calendar months would possibly have a salutatory effect on the level of the projects proposals submitted and certainly makes for better planning by the organisations themselves,” said Dr Caruana.

Dr Caruana expressed satisfaction at the number and quality of the projects submitted under the 2017 scheme. She added that the Gozo Ministry is now looking forward to receiving feedback about this year’s scheme from the NGOs.

Dr Caruana went on to say that she herself would like to know “what aspects of this year’s call were viewed positively by the applicants and what aspects might need to be improved in any future calls.”

The half-day ‘Have Your Say’ seminar, held at the Gozo NGOs Centre in Xewkija, was opened by Mr Saviour Grech, President of the Gozo NGOs Association.

In a brief welcome note, Mr Grech, said that Gozo NGOs Association’s Council was pleased that this year, the Ministry for Gozo had issued a call for applications for use of funds, specifically intended for the NGO sector – something that had not happened previously, at least during the last two years.

The seminar provided the opportunity to representatives of Gozo VOs to discuss the main aspects of the scheme.

The Gozo NGOs Association said that the consultation process started during the seminar will continue during October, so that later in the year all suggestions for improvement in the scheme will be forwarded to the Ministry for Gozo for consideration when drawing up the parameters of the 2018 scheme.

Also present for the event was Mr. Roderick Agius, Secretary General, of SKOP, who gave an exposition about the UN 17 Sustainable Developmental Goals.

Photograph: MGOZ Terry Camilleri

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