Annual Update 2018 VNG International
‘The Council was failing to engage us. We as residents were failing to engage the Council. The concept of mistrust is no longer in us, it is now a buried issue. Now the Council and the residents are just a unity with one vision and one focus.’
Filabusi Residents Association
‘Citizens can now input in the decisions that the Council makes. So that the decisions are not just those of the Council but decisions of Bulawayo, as a city with people that live in it. (...) In the past our policies have been tilted in favour of men. We are now saying: women must also participate as actively and effectively as men. It’s about fairness. That is a milestone that must be achieved.’
building more effective public administration by strengthening
Zimbabwe, Local Authorities Capacity Enhancement Project
> LACEP connects service improvement at the municipal level with enhanced citizen-local governments relations. The focus was on 13 rural district councils (RDCs), but attention was also given to the relations between central and local governments, and the role of the local government associations in that respect.
LACEP provided training for local governments and training of trainers for CSOs; developed a series of products for continued use after the project, e.g. a Handbook on Participatory Policy Making and a Handbook for local government practitioners explaining the Constitution of Zimbabwe. LACEP also supported sub-national level multi-stakeholder dialogues, involving local authorities (LAs), government agencies, residents associations and other CSOs.