Project Name: Cambodia’s Deepening Local Democratic Governance through Social Accountability in Asia, CDLG- SA
Target City: City of Takhmao, Kandal Province, Cambodia
Project Period: 24 months March 1 2011 to 28 Feb 2013
Following the introduction to the project to World Bank Project to Enhance Civil Society Capacity of Social Accountability, PECSA, SILAKA has work with international capacity building organizations to build capacity of over 60 organizations in Cambodia from 2008-20010. SILAKA feels that to deepening the implementation of the tools and practice in Cambodia, Cambodia needs to apply the concepts and tools in one city as a pilot project. SILAKA has entered into partnership with Society for Participatory Research In Asia, PRIA, to start this project, Deeping Local Democratic Governance through Social Accountability, CDLG-SA. The CDLG-SA has received award for funding from the United Nations Democracy Fund, UNDEF for 2 years. Finally, SILAKA is honored and happy to receive the partnership with the city of Takhmau, Kandal province to implement this project.
The Cambodia’s Deepening Local Democratic Governance through Social Accountability in Asia, CDLG-SA, aims to improve democratic practices in urban local governance institutions through social accountability for improving the provision of basic services to the most marginalized families in Takhmao city, Kandal, Cambodia:
CDLG-SA is set to improve democratic practices, particularly participation, transparency and accountability mechanisms, due to the lack of which these institutions often fail to deliver services effectively and equitably and lack responsiveness towards the most marginalised. CDLG-SA will work to enhance organized civic action and participation through mobilisation, capacity building, campaigns and participatory monitoring in ensuring accountability. It intends to enhance citizens’ access to information and basic services by developing partnership with elected municipalities to establish ‘models’ of social accountability mechanisms, particularly using citizen charters, pro-active information disclosures and public grievance redressal mechanisms.
Having harvested the lessons from these interventions at the municipality level coupled with specific policy analysis at the sub-national and national levels, policy dialogues and policy oriented capacity building will be organized towards policy changes. CDLG-SA intends to enhance capacities of local intermediary civil society organisations through training, exposure visits, on-site coaching and mentoring for influencing national and sub-national policies on social accountability and urban governance issues.
Project Objectives, Outcomes
To improve democratic practices in Takhmao City governance institutions through social accountability for improving the provisions of basic services (water and sanitation) to the urban poor households.
- Enhanced capacities of the urban poor households to engage in regular, sustained and constructive dialogues with municipalities through monitoring and demanding quality services;
- Enhanced capacities of municipalities to institutionalize social accountability mechanisms and to include needs of the urban poor households in planning and decision making;
- Enhanced capacities of local civil society organizations to engage in activities that promote democratic urban local governance and enhanced linkages with practitioners of urban governance in Asia;
- The national policies and programs on municipal governance are informed based on the lessons learned from the project with regard to mechanisms of social accountability and participation of the urban poor households;