Engaging Local Groups & Government

In Niger, the population is generally not engaged in local affairs - now they are participating and there is more of a collaboration between the community and the government administration. When the population is not engaged, people do what they like to the detriment of the community. By engaging they feel responsible for what goes on in their own community.
— Abba Rabe Salissou Head of Project for NGO SOS-Civisme Niger in Niamey, Niger.

PDev II supported SOS-Civisme Niger in the implementation of a consultation process to promote engagement between various groups of the population and government within the Niamey 5 neighborhood of Niamey. Niamey 5 was chosen because it faces high population density, unemployment and security concerns. The activity's aim was to improve local governance through activities that built the capacity of local governance institutions while increasing citizen participation.

A committee comprised of locally elected officials, religious leaders, journalists, women's organizations, youth and traditional leaders was assembled. They identified issues in the community such as security, health and sanitation. Once identified, awareness sessions were organized with assistance from SOS-Civisme Niger, PDev II and the local government.

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