Participatory Policy Making in Local Authorities: Review Workshops

The thirteen LACEP participating Local Authorities and selected Civil Society Organisation's operating under their areas of jurisdiction were once again provided with a platform to interface under LACEP. Two clustered provincial capacity building workshops held in Gweru (6 - 7 April, 2017) and Bulawayo (10 - 11 April, 2017) allowed the stock-taking of experiences by the LA's and CSO's on their engagement on some key issues affecting them using the participatory approaches and tools. The capturing moment during the capacity building workshops was the assessment of cooperation between LA's and CSO's, the results showed tremendous improvements from hostile relations to cooperation and collaboration which has resulted more space being opened up for citizen participation at local government level.

With traction such as this being realised, closing the gap between citizen and government can result in joint efforts in development, improved governance, enhanced accountability, ownership and understanding of how government operates and willingness to pay services by the citizens.

Look-out for Volume II of Participatory Policy Making: A Handbook for Local Authorities 

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