The Church Partnership Program (CPP) conducted from 10-13 December, an intensive financial training program to support its partner churches, further strengthening their financial management capacities.
The four-day training initiated by Caritas Australia specifically focused on building competencies of the 16 participants using the MYOB Accounting software. Participants came from as far as Buka, Lae, Mt Hagen, Madang and Port Moresby were all key finance personnel from their respective organisations, spoke highly of their appreciation of the workshop as it will enable them to effectively use the MYOB software going forward.
The training hosted at the Catholica Bishops Conference training facility is an initiative of Caritas Australia PNG Office, an international development agency of the Catholic church.
In-house trainer, Pauline Chauka-Tane, said the aim of the workshop was ‘Learning in collaboration to Building Finance Competency Across Church Partners’ and they wanted to see finance staff from each of the CPP partners collaborating and sharing knowledge to ensure that social and development being implemented are fully accounted for and timely financial reports were submitted to CCP and its international donor partners.
She said “The challenge and expectation we have of each of the participants is go back and practise what they have learnt to ensure their organisations maintain these important reporting standards”.
The Church Partnership Program has been funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) since 2004 which supports social development programs of the seven main churches, Catholic Church, Seventh Day Adventist, Baptist Union, Lutheran Church, United Church, Salvation Army & the Anglican Church.