THERE is need for enhanced collaboration between civil society organizations (CSOs) and the media in promoting good governance, says Non-Governmental Organisations Coordinating Council (NGOCC) executive director Engwase Mwale.
Ms Mwale said this on Thursday in Lusaka during a symposium aimed at localising and popularising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), that there was need for a strong partnership between CSOs and the media in order to ensure good governance as well as the holding of leaders accountable for their actions or inactions in the country.
She observed it had been difficult to hold leaders accountable because of the working gap between CSOs and the media and stated that with a strong partnership between the two stakeholders it would be easier to hold office bearers answerable for their actions and omissions.
Ms Mwale said that the two partners were the key watchdogs of society and expressed confidence that with a cadre of accountable and transparent leaders social and economic development would thrive.
“There is need for enhanced collaboration between the civil society organisations (CSOs) and the media in promoting good governance. It has been difficult to hold leaders accountable because of the working gap between CSOs and the media. We believe that with a cadre of transparent and accountable leaders social and economic development will thrive, “she said.
She also implored NGOs to have clean book balances and be able to explain their expenditures when probed, affirming that no one was immune to transparency and accountability.
And discussants during the meeting said that there was need for a code of conduct for the civil society movement and suggested NGOCC as one of the umbrella organisations that would oversee the proposal to ensure that organisations were in line with the rules that would be outlined.