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.
AWEPON Secretariat organized a two days' exchange visit for 38 women. This trip was sponsored by DANIDA as one of the requirements in the implementation of the WEEP project ; and took place at Siaya in Kenya from 21st to 24th November 2010. Women who participated in this exchange visit were selected from 4 WEEP implementing countries of Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The major objective of the activity was for the women to learn, share and network. Uganda was represented by 7 women, Kenya 13, Tanzania 7, and the DRC was represented by 1 woman representative. During the trip the women visited 6 women groups which included Hardwork, Papa Gori, Megido, Nyiloka, Papa Nyadiel, and Siaya Child Rights. The women visited the project sites and shared experiences from their different WEEP implementing countries.
WEEP review – 16th – 17th December 2010 The African Women’s Economic Policy Network (AWEPON) organized a two days workshop at the Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala – Uganda which took place from 16th to 17th December 2010. The major objective of the workshop was to assess, evaluate and review progress of one of its major Danida funded programs named the Women’s Economic Empowerment Program (WEEP). The WEEP project was launched in 2009 and the project was in its second year of implementation.
The workshop was attended by 36 participants; out of whom 29 were females and 7 males. All participants were representatives from all the six WEEP implementing countries that is Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Lesotho, Democratic Republic of Congo and Cameroon. Members of AWEPON’s Finance and Administration committee, and the Steering committee from the different countries also attended the workshop.
During the workshop, all WEEP implementing countries gave an up date of the project progress. Successes,