In order to combat apathy, ICA wishes to equip the community with the knowledge, skills and networks to be able to actively engage with community issues. The programme has three core activities: 1) facilitating ward conferences; 2) running issue-focused community dialogues, and 3) development of a web-based municipal project implementation and budget tracking system.
- Ward conferences are gatherings of community members from different sectors in the municipal ward where community issues are articulated, debated and prioritized. The Ward Conference can elect a Community of Interest that are mandated to action and report on the resolutions of the Ward Conference.
- Issue-focused dialogues are conversation platforms for experts and people affected by a specific issue prevalent in the community that needs urgent action. These platforms can be used to select individuals who serve on forums.
- Lastly, the development of a web-based municipal project implementation and budget tracking system will utilize and distill data from the municipal Service Delivery and Budget Implementation Plan (SDBIP) to share with the communities the progress of the implementation of Integrated Development Plan (IDP) priorities. The web-based system will enable locals track budget spent on community priorities as well as hold municipal officials accountable for service delivery. Results of the web-based system will be made accessible to the public through town-based events and social media platforms.
The aim of these activities is to create and maintain a critical dialogue concerning the main challenges of the municipality as well as facilitating transparency regarding the municipality’s efforts to address these challenges. It also serves as platforms for lobbying government and local industry for strategic community development.
Chimell Fortuin (Programme Officer) firstname.lastname@example.org