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Public policy monitoring and advocacy (PPIMA) Project

Genesis of the Project
The Public Policy Information, Monitoring and Advocacy (PPIMA) project arose from a prevailing concern that Rwandan Civil Society and citizens do not show interest, knowledge, and/or are not organized enough to actively and effectively engage in public policy dialogue, in monitoring and informing the public on the use of public resources allocated to economic development and poverty reduction.
Project justification
As we have already seen, citizens’ low participation in public policy issues stands as a general concern for progress. Factors explaining this situation can partly be found out of the Rwanda’s history characterized by wars and conflicts that has created disincentives for the evolution of a plural democratic Rwandan nation with a strong engaged citizenry and civil society. Today Rwanda scores poorly on the World Bank Voice and Accountability Index and despite progress in recent years, poverty and inequalities are deepening especially for women, youth, persons with disabilities, and historically marginalized community.
Expected Results
-        Poor citizens specifically women, youth, historically marginalized people and people with disability are engaged in policy monitoring and in the promotion of the local accountability at the local level;

-        Local communities assisted by DFO, assistant DFO, AJIC Coordinator and assistant AJIC coordinator and community animators in Ngororero district are actively informed about policies and hold their leaders to account;

-        Improved service delivery;

-        Decrease of social  injustice, corruption acts, and other corruption related abuses.

Pertaining policy issues raised by communities advocated for.

Key Strategies
1.       Mobilization and Sensitization: to introduce and create ownership around CSDM&FS;

2.       Advocacy and lobbying: the findings from the community monitoring committees will be used for advocacy and lobby both at local and national levels;

3.       Media campaigns: community radios will be used for the citizen to forward their concerns and debate with their representatives;

4.       ICT and social media: (radio SMS media, special ICT based platforms);

5.       Public dialogue forums: For information sharing ;

6.       Local activism:  The coordination of the project will improve the collaboration with local authorities at the district and sector level and at the national level with MINECOFIN and MINALOC ;

7.       Use of IEC materials such as posters and popular documents;

Networking/partnership with CSOs involved in PPIMA project and, particularly ADI Terimbere intervening in another 3 sectors in Ngororero district.