The European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES) is proud to announce the official launch of the «Accountability in Madagascar: From theory to practice» project, financed by the United States Embassy in Madagascar and implemented by the consortium made of four partners – the European Centre for Electoral Support, Liberty 32, Tolotsoa, and the Centre for Creative Leadership – is proud announce. The official launch of the project took place at the American Centre in Tanjombato on December 8th. This event was the perfect opportunity to present the project, the different partners involved, as well as its objectives, actions and activities that will be run during that year. Indeed, the project will last one year – from September 30th 2016 until September 30th 2017 – and focuses on the concepts of “Accountability” and civic participation in public and political life. One of the main objectives of the project is the promotion of forums/spaces for dialogue which will allow the Civil Society Organisations to work with other societal actors in their quest for more accountability and good governance.
The specific objectives of the project are :
- To encourage the Civil Society and citizens in general to make their voice heard in their request for transparent, responsible, and accountable governance,
- To persuade the authorities in becoming more accountable to the population through their actions and decisions, and to move forward in accepting accountability as a common practice in governance in Madagascar,
- To raise awareness among the population about its rights and the interest it has in participating more in the political process and public life,
- To promote local initiatives linked to accountability and fight against corruption through local small-scale projects.
In order to achieve the different objectives, the following activities are foreseen:
- Training of supervisors and members of the organisations Liberty 32 and Tolotsoa, who will support other initiatives/projects of other CSOs ;
- Training of young activists in the five target regions, followed by a debate/dialogue with local authorities with the objective of creating more projects in favour of accountability in those regions ;
- Supervision and support of the projects that will be selected by the grant committee made of consortium members ;
- Design and publication of an illustrated guide on citizenship and accountability targeting ordinary citizens with the objective of raising more awareness among the population.
This project includes constant consultations between the different members of the consortium, so that all activities contribute to overcome the challenges existing in the current context. The trainings’ content is innovative and adapted to the situation and to the targeted people. Moreover, through the strengthening of capacities, the exchanges and the creation of a supportive network between the supervisors, but also the follow-up of the beneficiary of small projects’ grants in the regions, the sustainability of the local initiatives fighting corruption and in favour of accountability is guaranteed.