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Citizens engagement on government accountability.

We conduct one day meetings in each of the 3 districts conducted at district level and the participants include; District Executive Committee members, RDCs, DPCs, DISOs, CLOs, Radio Station Managers/Programmers, District Returning Officers - EC officials, Chairperson District NGO Forums, Religious Leaders, Heads of selected Educational Institutions, CDOs, LC III Chairpersons, LC III Speakers and Heads of Departments. The purpose is for project support and to acquaint them with the project framework and indicate to them their role in the project implementation. This also serve to help achieve cooperation and acceptance to participate in activities of the project by the mentioned key stakeholders in the districts.

UPIMAC - CBI conducts refresher training for 100 Civic Educators as resource persons on the Civic/Voter Education Module and the accompanying trainer’s manual, project design, their roles and participation, M&E tools are used in data collection and ethical considerations when carrying civic/voter education work. This training will be done in each of the 3 districts. The trained Civic Educators are critical in coordinating and implementing the Civic/Voter education activities including community meetings and mobilisation. Participants oriented on data requirements and different tools that used in collecting data on different categories.

We Identify and train Community Based Civic Educators (TOTs) from formal and Informal institutions as civic education Facilitators from formal and Informal institutions across the 40 sub counties of the 3 districts. After the identification process, the selected Community Based Civic Educators (TOTs) from formal and informal institutions trained on the content of the consolidated civic education module and adult learning methodologies. The training is in 7 phases of 4 days each with 40 participants per phase.

We train district and sub-county councilors on their roles and responsibilities as stipulated by the Local Government Act in partnership with ULGA. They are also trained on the basic knowledge and skills in service delivery monitoring and feedback mechanism to citizens.

We conduct annual reflection and information sharing meetings with District Facilitators, VCRAs, and community based civic educators and key district stakeholders to review the project implementation. We organize annual reflection meetings to review progress and levels of achievement of project outcomes. These meetings serve as a platform for sharing information and peer learning. On this platform, participants discuss challenges being encountered in the implementation process and come up with solutions to the challenges in form of action plan. Particiapnts also document emerging issues that require both UPIMAC and DGFs attention before they negatively impact on the project progress. The meetings also are a platform for providing feedback to the District level authorities on how the project is progressing.

UPIMAC -CBI developed a selection criterion for selecting the community champions who were drawn from across the 40 sub counties in the 3 districts. We are training a total of 280  community champions selected from existing social groups, associations, SACCOs, VSLAs, Club and religious leaders (7 per Sub County across the 3 project districts) on the civic knowledge and skills. Participants were selected in consultation with civic educators to help identify trainable persons within the social groups using a set selection criteria developed by UPIMAC.

UPIMAC - CBI Civic Educators are facilitated to conduct civic education sessions. They use the Consolidated Civic Education Module and its accompanying IEC materials as guides for dissemination of civic education information community to the  members through group meetings, community meetings, civic education sessions / dialogue for institutions of learning (secondary and tertiary) and religious institutions. They target already existing active social groups within the community. The Civic Educators also make referrals of cases identified during civic education dissemination meetings to other service providers.

UPIMAC - CBI conducts service delivery meetings between citizens and government on accountability, transparency and feedback on service delivery at sub county level once every quarter in the 40 sub counties. These service delivery meetings are facilitated by Project Coordinator, District Coordinators and VCRAs who prior to service delivery meetings, announce over the radios informing the community to attend and participate where their views and feedback are documented and action points developed and followed up.

UPIMAC - CBI project coordinator and the district coordinators conduct periodic support supervision visits to VCRAs at the sub-county and parish levels to provide technical backstopping of civic educators during which they discuss issues affecting implementation processes during the monthly review meetings for civic educators.

UPIMAC - CBI participates in district events (Women day, Labour Day, Independence Day, Day of the African child, AIDS day, 16 days of activism against GBV.)