Civil Society Mutual Accountability Project (CS: MAP Project)
Mutual Accountability: Local Initiative in Dang District is being implemented by Rural Women Development Center – RWDC (Gramin Mahila Uthan Kendra) for a project period ranging from March 2017 to December 2020 in Dang district.
The project is funded by USAID/fhi360. The goal of this project is to recreate the vibrancy of civil society in the district by ensuring civic participation in policy/legal reforms, promote civic engagement with government entities and strengthen their capacity to carry out public policy advocacy and oversight for effective public service delivery and public resource use. Considering issues, problems and the need to continue the interventions briefly discussed above RWDC applied two-pronged approach to work on these issues in Dang district.
One approach wasto engage, sensitize and empower stakeholders at ward/municipality level and the other approach was to engage, sensitize and empower stakeholders at the district level. Formation of Common Assembly at ward level and Sajhedari Manch at municipality level developed as loose forums to create platforms (opportunities) for citizens and government/service providers to discuss issues on public service delivery and public resource use for a better government local government.
Other methods of sensitizing and empowering stakeholders at local level included capacity building of Common Assembly members on public service oversight, advocacy including budget advocacy, local level planning process and use of information technology (Sajha Sabha Apps) for public service oversight and monitoring. CS:MAP’s other approach was to engage, sensitize and empower stakeholders at district level for strengthening collaboration between/among civil society organizations including media for reinforcing their civic space in democratic governance.