Defence Headquarters 11 OCT ’23: The Organization for Responsible Governance (ORG) recently held a constructive meeting with the leadership of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) to discuss their transformative initiative, Active Citizens Bahamas at Defence Headquarters on October 10, 2023.

Led by ORG’s Assistant Director, Steffon Evans, and Engagement Manager, Ariannah Wells, the discussions revolved around the core principles of the campaign, which are firmly rooted in empowering citizens to proactively engage in their communities.

The RBDF has always prioritized contributing to youth programs, fostering discipline and leadership.  Its commitment to enriching community ties, and embodying the essence of a responsible citizen, are values that resonate deeply with ORG’s mission. The meeting between the two entities reflected a mutual appreciation for the immense potential of civic participation and the strengthening of community bonds. Both organizations recognized the need for integrated strategies to uplift Bahamian society, especially its youth.

“Our focus remains on empowering citizens to enact positive change in their communities. Engaging in these preliminary discussions with RBDF further underscores our dedication to fostering an informed, engaged Bahamian populace,” said ORG Assistant Director Steffon Evans.

Active Citizens Bahamas, ORG’s flagship citizen engagement platform, is designed to empower Bahamians to create positive community impact. With a three-pronged approach—National Outreach Series, Community Focus Groups, and an Advocacy Toolkit—the campaign emphasizes citizen education, consultation, and active participation in nation-building.

Recognizing a shared commitment towards fostering civic participation and enhancing community bonds, the meeting explored the vast potential of ORG’s campaign to complement and strengthen the RBDF’s youth programs and community outreach. Through potential collaborations, they aim to inspire and equip more Bahamians to emerge as active citizens, driving change and shaping a brighter future for the nation.

ORG Engagement Manager Ariannah Wells said: “Citizen engagement is the backbone of robust governance. As highlighted by global studies, including those by the World Bank, increased civic participation results in holistic national development.

She also added: “We are hopeful that our dialogue with RBDF will open doors to future collaboration, fostering an informed and proactive Bahamian citizenry.”

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