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AusAID PLP Programme Director Angus MacDonald signing the partnership agreement witnessed by ICP staff (l-r) Willie Akwai, Charles Pai (obscured) Rolly Kasuni, Salome Haridi, Ollie Pokana and Duddley Vunagi
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ACoM ICP signed new partnership agreement with AusAID
February 27, 2009

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] Work of the Inclusive Communities Programme, an agency within the Anglican Church of Melanesia in leadership and governance in Solomon Islands is further boosted following the signing of a new partnership agreement with AusAIDís Pacific Leadership Programme yesterday in Honiara.

The signing of the Agreement marks the beginning of a new working relationship which ACoM ICP and PLP hope to share and develop over the period of the agreement.

ACoM ICP Manager Ms Ollie Pokana said the purpose of this relationship, in the long term is to contribute to improved leadership and governance in Solomon Islands with an emphasis on increasing leadership opportunities for youth and women, and closing the gap between traditional and modern leadership practices.

She described the Agreement as an important step forward to strengthening the work of ACoM ICP in terms of finance, up skilling and increased networking to support effective delivery of the programme.

Angus MacDonald, Regional Program Director based in Suva, Fiji, at the signing ceremony yesterday said, AusAID is happy to assist and support ACoM ICP in contributing to good governance and improved leadership practices in Solomon Islands.

He said the partnership will not only benefit ACom ICP in terms of financial and technical support but will certainly help the Programme build a reputation that fosters success and adds value to the relationship.

The partnership is a continuation of a working relationship between ACoM ICP and AusAID bilateral programme established under the NGO Corporation Agreement since 2004 but is now, under a new initiative aligned with the National Partnership for Development.

Both parties under the terms of the Agreement will continue to undertake quarterly reviews of the partnership arrangements with a view to explore into possibility of enhancing support and cooperation in the future.

ACoM ICP was originally set up in 2004 under an AusAID funded program by the Anglican Church of Melanesia, and two Australian partners: AngliCORD and Anglican Board of Mission with an objective to strengthen good governance by including women and young people in participatory decision making and Community conflict resolution.

The signing ceremony yesterday was made in the presence of ACoM ICP staff members as well as the Pacific Leadership Program Officer Ms Georgina Cope.