The DSE Strategic Plan was also launched on the 24th of October. The plan will be the road map for the national CSO umbrella body up to December 2015. The plan was made in consultation with DSE members at the end of 2012 with assistance from Ausaid, with some logistics support by World Vision Solomon Islands, which is also a member of the organization.
The key note address was made by Mr. Fred Fakari who is the Permanent Secretary of the Solomon Islands Government’s Ministry of Home Affairs which is the government ministry responsible for NGO affairs. It is also part of the DSE Board as Ex-officio.
Speaking at the launching Mr. Fakari said that the government through his ministry has a very limited budget to support NGOs and that his ministry is doing all it can to support especially DSE as it is the NGO peak liaison office in the country.
The Launching of the DSE strategic Plan launching and the 2013 DSE AGM were supported by the Ministry of Home Affairs
The DSE Annual General Meeting, (AGM) was held on the 24th of October at the CYP conference venue at the Panatina Campus of the Solomon Islands National University. The theme of the day was “together rethink a better future”
The AGM was attended by 23 member organizations, the Ministry of Home Affairs, the European Union, Ausaid, the US consular Agency, The Ministry of Planning and Aid Coordination, the Ministry of National Unity Reconciliation and Peace and other partners.
The AGM provided the members and partners an overview of the organisation’s Annual Narrative and Financial Audit Report for the period July 31st 2012 to July –2013.
An election of new DSE board members was also conducted where eight representatives of the of member organisations were elected as board members to oversee the National CSO umbrella body for the next two years.
A partnership dialogue was held with various donor agencies prior to the AGM where some stakeholders were given the opportunity to provide an overview of their programs and current activities.
FROM: DEVELOPMENT SERVICES EXCHANGE AND ITS MEMBERS
TO: THE FAMILY OF THE LATE DR JOHN ROUGHAN
The Board, staff and members of Development Services Exchange express our grief and sincere sympathy at the passing away of our leader and founding pioneer, the Late Dr John Roughan.
He was a champion together with his other comrades from the Foundation for the Peoples of the South Pacific (FSPI) and Solomon Islands Development Trust (SIDT) in steering towards the establishment of DSE.
He collapsed just minutes before making a key note address at the Launch of the DSE Strategic Plan at our Annual General Meeting.
His passing is a great loss to the CSO/NGO sector and the country. DSE and its members pay respectful homage to this outstanding leader. He was a true servant of the people and a dedicated leader who made a lot of sacrifice to serve humanity in this country.
Our heartfelt and sincere condolence is conveyed to his family, son (Paul) and grandchildren and other family members.
Our prayers are with you at this time of bereavement.
From: The Board and Staff of Development Services Exchange (DSE)
To: DSE financial members and interested development partners
This notice serves to inform you that the Development Services Exchange Annual General Meeting (AGM) has been scheduled for 24th October 2013.
Venue:Commonwealth Youth Program conference venue, lower Panatina Campus of the SI National University
Starting time: 9:00 am -1:00 pm
The AGM tentative agenda will be to provide members and stakeholders the organization’s Annual Report; Financial Statement, budget for current financial year, election of new board members and other general business of DSE.
Please confirm the attendance of your organization’s representative(s) to the DSE Networking officer, Mr. Calvin Sese through the DSE office phone number 23760, or through email, firstname.lastname@example.org by 22nd October latest.
The 2013 Annual General Meeting is jointly supported by:
The DSE AGM will be held on the 24th of October 2013. This Annual General Meeting is a very special event because an election will be held for a new DSE board of governance because the current board has completed its 2 year them. The AGM will also provide members and partners an overview of the DSE’s Annual Report 2012-13, which includes the organization’s Financial Audit Report. The new DSE strategic plan will also be launched at the AGM.
The Venue for the AGM will be the Duchess Leaf Hut at the CYP conference venue at the lower Panatina Campus of the Solomon Islands National University in East Honiara.
The AGM will be attended by other development partners including representatives from the European Union, AusAid, the Ministry of Planning and Aid Coordination, Ministry of Home Affairs, and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency.
A DSE Environment Conservation NGO network group was formed in the 2nd DSE Civil Society Organisation (CSO) forum which was convened at the CYP conference venue on Tuesday the 24th of September 2013.
The main objective of this forums was to facilitate discussions for information sharing. This is to engage CSOs to address development priorities with focus on sustainable development.
One of the main outcomes of this forum was the formation of a conservation NGO network/working group. The Conservation NGO network group will provide Civil Society perspectives in the environment conservation Sector in the National Development Agenda.
Formation of sector groupings will enable the DSE CSOs to better address development issues in a sectoral approach.
Other Sectoral groupings will be formed in the upcoming months.