LRF is enhancing citizen participation by strengthening Community-BasedOrganizations (CBO) capacities to mobilize and engage for a more transparent and accountable society.
A series of trainings were conducted with members of United Chiredzi Residents and Ratepayers Association (UCHIRRA), Gweru Residents and Ratepayers Association (GRRA) as well as Buhera Residents Association (BRA)
Gweru Residents and Ratepayers Association (GRRA) members identified that rights are the basis for citizens to demand accountability from decision-makers.
“We are now aware that elected officials have a duty and mandate to fulfil these rights and as such we have to ensure they undertake their responsibility”, said one member after the workshop.
Community Based Organizations identified that citizens can effectively demand accountability from duty-bearers when they are fully aware of their rights as enshrined in the constitution.
Buhera Residents Association (BRA) is developing strategies that tap into political parties’ campaigning to advance the cause of the residents. The current stage in the electoral cycle where duty-bearers are seeking mandate to represent the people has been identified by the residents’ associations as a perfect opportunity to lobby decision-makers to subscribe to citizens’ aspirations.
“We maintain that council derives its mandate from the people, hence citizens are the most powerful stakeholder. Influence in decision-making can be enhanced when rights-holders are clear of the relevant stakeholders”, stated a member of UCHIRRA during the workshop.
LRF is building the capacities of community organizations to effectively conduct advocacy and manage their projects so as to enhance citizen participation in decision-making.