Enhancing people power for transformative leadership in the 8 districts of the Rwenzori region.
Project Goal: The project aims at achieving a civically competent citizenry with ability to demand for more responsive and accountable statein the 43 sub counties of the 8 districts of the Rwenzori region.
Project specific objectives:
- To increase knowledge on civil and political rights directly to 100,243 citizens (PWDs, farmers, youths, women, teachers, political leaders, religious leaders, civic educators, change agents) directly and to over 500,000 citizens indirectly in the 43 sub-counties of eight districts of Rwenzori region by 2021
- To increase government capacity to respond to citizens demands in the 43 sub counties of Rwenzori region by 2021
This project builds on the DGF supported Civic and voter Education work in the region and also informed by the deep routed challenges of unaccountable leadership and a weak citizenry to demand for their rights and entitlements, high un-employment especially among the youth and increasing poverty levels in the country.
However, the project will specifically address citizens’ and leaders’ knowledge gaps on civil and political rights which include; citizenship, human rights, democracy and multiparty system, good governance and service delivery, leadership and accountability, access to justice, land rights, gender concerns, conflict management and equip change agents and civic educators with engagement skills and provide the spaces for citizens to demand for accountability in the Rwenzori region.
The project is implemented in the 8 districts of Rwenzori region namely; Kabarole, Kyenjojo, Kyegegwa, Ntoroko, Bundibugyo, Kamwenge, Bunyangabu and Kasese Districts. The project will be implemented in a total of 43 sub counties. These sub counties will include 24 new sub counties and 19 old sub counties (where the previous project will implement ). In addition to these sub counties where the proposed project was to directly implement KRC staff will also participate to give civic education knowledge and skills in the selected activities organized by DGF Supported partners (RAC and Kind Uganda) especially during the training of monitors and trainers and accountability platforms.
- Local Citizens (men, women, youths, farmers, teachers, PWDs): These are local citizens that are affected by poor service delivery, who have rights and entitlements as citizens yet they remain silent when they are affected. The project will avail information and knowledge to citizens, build their confidence and provide space in order to be able to hold their leaders accountable. The project will also specifically target some vulnerable groups of women, youths and PWDs as follows;
a) Women will be reached through existing women groups in the community, elected women councilors, senior women teachers in institutions of learning, mothers union in religious institutions. Women participation in development programs has been low and their voices not heard and have for long been excluded. Through this project, women will access information and knowledge on their rights, nature of services, leadership mandate and skills on how they can exercise their rights
b) Youths in and out of school will be reached through institutions of learning, youth structures in religious institutions, youth groups in communities, Boda Boda riders, elected youth councillors among others. Youths are affected by unemployment yet there are many opportunities for self-employment and financing from government, youths have been used by politicians on political demonstrations and youths are affected by poor service delivery yet they have not come out to claim their rights. This project will avail information, skills and space to the youth in and outside school so that they can voice their concerns to leaders especially on how they can access government livelihood programmes and also how they can influence decisions at sub county and district levels.
c) People Living with Disabilities (PWDs) will be reached through elected representatives at sub-county and district levels, association of people living with disabilities. The project will ensure that PWDs have representatives among change agents so that their issues are taken care of during interface meetings with leaders.
- Community Process Facilitators, Change Agents and Civic Educators: These are individuals who are passionate, committed and devoted about governance work and bringing positive change in their community. The project will build their capacity and work with them as resourceful persons that will play an essential role of mobilizing, educating and coordinating community-based awareness and advocacy efforts.
- Elected leaders at local council (I-V) and MPs: These are duty bearers voted into office to manage resources, make policies and laws that would deliver effective services yet majority do not know their mandates, council rules and procedures and nature of service delivery. The project will avail the needed knowledge on their mandates and support to review their performance in order for them to effectively respond to citizens’ concerns.
- CSOs: These are development actors implementing related governance work and they are essential to share information to avoid duplication but also identify synergies where interventions can complement each other for maximum impact
- Media houses: These include local radio stations; news prints and TVs and they are essential channels for communication of messages to influence behavior and decisions
- Electoral commission: These are important to address matters related to conduct and management of elections
- Religious institutions: These are key actors like Catholics, Anglican, SDAs and Moslems with local structures in the communities and have big audience and support in the region and will be used to deliver civic education messages to citizens through structures of priests, mothers union, fathers union and youth structures
- Institutions of learning: These have a big audience of young generation and will play a key role of passing civic education to the students, teachers and members of PTAs.
- Local Governments: These are essential structures as duty bearers including political and technical leaders that manages planning and budgeting processes and key service delivery points and will be essential in terms of reflecting real effect of citizens and leadership interfaces in terms of changes in service delivery and policy formulation and implementation