YEARLY CAPACITY BUILDING SESSION
The scope of this activity is to improve CSOs knowledge on gaps in capacity in terms of building confidence to monitor local development planning and implementation processes from a gender and youth perspective. The impact of this activity is to help shape CSOs leadership and build capacity for self-reliance and institutional viability.
The rationale is to convene CSOs, community people as in women, youth and PWDs also council officials and local authorities to discuss issues that affect the active participation of beneficiary groups. Especially issues of inclusion and decision making processes. Also, engage duty bears to fill the loop in order to improve on effective service delivery.
FUNDRAISING & FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT TRAINING
This activity aims to capacitate CSOs and Network members on the usefulness of fundraising for institutional growth with ideas to manage finances sourced from potential donors. This study is key as it is the haul for institutional success and sustainability of human resources.
These are sessions facilitated between community representatives and Local Authorities to provide structured opportunities for communities (citizens and CSOs) to engage around accountability issues in relation to concrete day to day issues of concern on the development plans of the local councils in (Education, Health, Agriculture and Social welfare). The outcome is to provide a clear understanding of development budget allocation towards and their value for money issues, school subsidies, and their utilization, free health care delivery, and other primary health care support issues.
This action is to allow communities to assess /monitor the effectiveness of local government and its relevance to community needs. The Score Card tool is a useful participatory monitoring tool ensuring constructive engagement between the state and citizen. The outcome is to provide a mechanism for community feedback to Local Authorities and provide evidence that can be used to hold LAs to account for their activities ensuring more transparent participatory Governance.
TRAINING ON BUDGET TRACKING
Similarly to CSC budget tracking ensures community monitoring and participation in the setting of local government budgets and tracking of expenditure, in particular the extent to which budgets take account of the different needs of women, youth, and PWDs. The outcome of this approach is to strengthen accountability mechanisms and holding the state to account, plays a crucial role in securing improvements in service delivery.
The rationale of this action is to target wider media coverage through drama, jingles and radio listening. Messages encompass issues affecting active participation and inclusion of vulnerable groups such as women, youth, and PWDs. Target groups were provided with solar radios to reflect on the issues illustrated in the radio, drama, and jingles. The outcome is to break barriers affecting active participation, inclusion, and decision making processes at all levels.
TRAINING ON PARTICIPATORY MONITORING WITH LOCAL AUTHORITIES AND LINE MINISTRY OFFICIALS
Local Authorities were key stakeholders in this process because this action seeks to change the narrative in policy development and the delivery of local services as well as fulfilling the provisions of decentralised local government to involve CSOs and partners in planning and decision making at all levels