Citizens scorecard inititative, DfID funds training

Participants at the training. Photo:Nyasa Times

A group of over 50 people from different Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) have started a long week training in Blantyre on how  to use analysis of scorecards  initiative (Kalondolondo project)  funded.

Speaking to Nyasa Times at the end of the first day session at Dorvic Hotel, the facilitator of the workshop Jephter Mwanza from Plan Malawi said the project is  for four years being implemented by a consortium of Plan Malawi, Action aid and the Council for Non Governmental organizations in Malawi (CONGOMA) with funding from Department for International Development (DFID).

Mwanza said that the main aim of the project is to provide a platform through which the communities can participate in the process of giving feedback on how they perceive the delivery of services in health, education, and water and agriculture sector.

“These participants will be responsible to reach the communities and engage them in assessment of public service delivery so that government policy formulation process is evidence based,” said Mwanza.

Mwanza also stressed that participants will be drilled on how to use the scorecard on the community level.

A scorecard allows each group, for instance women, children and men to express their views on how they perceive the public delivery service in health, education, water and agriculture.

The project will be implemented in districts like Mchinji, Chiradzulu, Mwanza, Mangochi, Machinga, Ntchisi and Dedza.

Some of the NGO’s attending the training are WOLREC, Malawi Career, Youth Arm, CAVWOC, COPREDY,CISER and Blantyre Synod.

One of the participants, Tissie Nkhumbadzala said that the workshop was helpful to them as NGO’s as they will be required to meet the community in rural areas.

“At the end of this workshop l am expected to interact with the community on their views on public delivery service. After collecting their views we will be required to present them to our facilitators,”
said Nkhumbadzala.

Mwanza and his fellow facilitators during the break

Head of Malawi Career, lawyer and fearless human rights activist Dr Vera Chirwa advised the participants from various NGO’s to be accountable and transparent during their field visits.

“Let us be transparent and accountable in our work by helping the marginalized. If you want to be rich go start business otherwise there is no money for NGO’s to get rich (Kusolola ayi),” said Chirwa.

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