A new project ‘Citizen Voice Rwanda’ that aims at strengthening citizen participation through community dialogues was launched in Kigali on January 31, 2018 by Ligue Collective and Human Rights Association in Rwanda (CLADHO).
The project worth $38,752 was supported by the the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and will be implemented in three districts of Rwanda namely: Musanze, Gisagara and Ngororero.
It will link different gategories of Rwandans including youths, people with disabilities, districts and sectors’ advisory committees, clerics and religious representatives, Local organizations, farmers, friends of communities, cooperatives, community health workers, private sector, local authorities as well as parents’ committee representatives in schools.
Jean Leonard Sekanyange, CLADHO Chairperson and Civil Society Organizations Spokes person said the project will enable citizens to know their rights in contributing to the activities being done for them.
He said that most of the time citizens trust what a leader has said and believe that all the works are for the government and colonialists.
“This is a good project for Rwandans as it will enable them to fully contribute their ideas towards the implementation of all the activities without calling them ‘Government’s or Colonialists’ activities. Their contribution will also involve them in preserving these activities as the beneficiaries,” said Sekanyange.
Speaking during the launch of the project, Judith Kazayire, the in charge of service delivery and governance at Rwanda Governance Board (RGB) said that the project complements with the government’s programmes that allow citizens to have a contribution in the activities being done for them.
“It is a project which is in line with our country’s vision, we also have a responsibility to promote citizen’s voice and the project will strengthen that move. In that partnership, we plan to seek for better implementations of such good projects,” said Kazayire.
Robert Gerstein, USAID Delegate appreciated the project and promised further support of USAID.
“USAID is very happy to fund this project and we expect to see its fruitful results,” he said.
According to Evariste Murwanashyaka, CLADHO Project coordinator, the project will be implemented in three phases and the first one will cost $38,752 as the second will be oriented in research and the third, the advocacy.
The same project will be implemented by ‘AJPRODHO Jijukirwa’ in three other districts: Nyagatare, Gatsibo and Rulindo
By Elias Hakizimana @theinspirerpubl
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