The Citizen participation in DDP (District Development Plan) formulation, implementation and advocacy project arose from a prevailing concern that Rwandan citizens do not show interest, knowledge, and/or are not organized enough to actively and effectively engage in DDP dialogue, in monitoring and informing the public on the use of public resources allocated to economic development and poverty reduction.
The Citizen participation in DDP (District Development Plan) formulation, implementation and monitoring project is aimed at promoting an active interest among local leaders and citizens in public policy affairs and helping them to self-organize and acquire the skills they need to engage effectively in DDP formulation, implementation and management.
Good governance is concerned with how citizens, and district leaders are related to each other, and whether these relationships lead to outcomes that reduce poverty. The consultation and participation of citizens determining district priorities (’voice’) can improve the commitment of district to reduce poverty and enhance the quality of aid outcomes. Similarly, the accountability’ or the ability of citizens to hold the district authorities to account is an important facet of good governance. Failures of accountability can lead to pervasive corruption, poor and elite-based decision-making and unresponsive public actors, preventing citizens from fully enjoying their human rights.
This will be achieved through a number of activities aimed at increasing their access to information on DDP and its processes, building their capacities on civic education.
- Supporting civic education on governance and accountability
- Citizen engagement on budgeting and development planning at sector and district level
- Organization of the interface meetings between services providers– duty bearers (local authorities) and service users – right holders ( citizens)
Target groups and final beneficiaries
This project seeks the enhancement of service delivery and socio-economic conditions for poor women, youth, persons with disability, and members of the historically marginalized community in two sectors (Bwishyura and Gitesi)
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This project is being implemented by TUBIBE AMAHORO within two sectors (Bwishyura, Gitesi) of Karongi district, in Western Province.
The interest and engagement of local leaders and citizens of Karongi district, in DDP affairs is necessary in order to ensure that government policies and district plans are sounding, well targeted and well implemented, especially to address the needs of those who would be most likely to be excluded in the face of rapid national development.
Thus, to motivate the Citizens of Karongi district to participate in DDP (District Development Plan) formulation, implementation and monitoring will improve the level of their interest, skills and self-organization to defend the socio-politico-economic development of their communities.
- The project launch were held in presence of local administration, especially the leaders at Karongi district, Bwishyura,Gitesi leaders and emigration& immigration officer and they highlighted the need of this project in the way of letting district authorities to be accountable and to raise up the citizen participation in district development plan .The Karongi district authorities promised to support the implementation of the project during its lifespan in order to improve the service delivery to the community.
COMMUNITY ANIMATORS SELECTION:
- Local leaders in collaboration with TUBIBE AMAHORO selected 30 Community Animators (CA) (50% are female and also 50% are male ) ; 14 CA in Bwishyura sector and 16 CA in Gitesi sector. Selected CA are the people who are capable to gather citizens’ opinions and ensure their integration in the district development plan by ensuring equal participation of men and women in the implementation of the activities .
TRAINING OF COMMUNITY ANIMATORS ON:
- HRBA ( HUMAN RIGHT BASED APPROACH):
During this training, CA learnt about key points on economic planning in general and also about DDP process in particular and the role of both sides (citizens and duty holders) in this process. C.A. knew that all categories of citizens must be involved in district development plan (DDP) formulation, implementation and monitoring so that their socio-cultural and economic issues are recognized through it. CA’s will on empowerment, citizen participation, non-discrimination, accountability, solidarity to the respect of human right according the UN declaration.
- Community Score Card (CSC):
How should citizens determine the key priorities action to be inserted in DDP and should they monitor and measure the achievements?
To respond to this, a session was curried on the use of CSC. CA learnt all about community meetings levels from which all the records/information to inform the CSC is fetched. Both theory and practice exercises were covered to this point. They learnt how to monitor the district development plan by using the CSC.
- Public policy and Advocacy:
During this session, CA’s were introduced to what are public policies and its differences and relationship with laws. They also learnt how they should organize/conduct an advocacy in case same gaps were observed during district development plan (DDP) formulation and implementation and were also introduced to the processes and Levels of advocacy.
To sum up, the project has been introduced to the local authorities (district, sector and cell level) and highly appreciated as it will contribute to the achievement of the district IMIHIGO with a strong partnership between service providers and service users. Community Animators have also been trained on subjects helping them to engage with duty bearers in the implementation of the district development plan.
TUBIBE AMAHORO is having 30 community based animators trained and skilled on the key competences to engage the local leaders to be accountable in the district development plan as they are now equipped with the skills related Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA), district DDP, Public policy advocacy, Community Score Card (CSC) and its use.