P4D aims to enable citizens to identify concerns, exchange ideas, and create pathways to resolve issues affecting their community.
In each of the 21 districts where the project is active, there is a Community Resource Centre serving as a hub for citizen engagement. It is tailored to optimise the outreach of civil society and promote a participatory climate for all stakeholders: citizens, interest groups, local authorities, and elected officials.
Local community can use these politically neutral spaces to hold meetings and workshops, and exhibit their initiatives on local issues. Through a simple registration process, anyone can avail free access to internet, have their queries met on policy instruments and get assistance in filing applications for any information under the RTi act and complaints through GRS software.
The Community Resource Centres are supported throughout the project lifecycle. Those are strategised for financial self‑sustainability following P4D’s conclusion.
One of the key undertakings of a Community Resource Centre is to foster. Multi Actor Partnerships (MAPs) – a coalition of CSOs, citizens and other stakeholders around locally owned policy issues to devise solutions. Each centre, with at least one staff facilitator, has the capacity to support three MAPs.
Multi Actor Partnerships (MAP)
- Multi-Actor Partnerships (MAPs) are localised collectives of proactive members joining from different parts of the civil society spectrum who are politically unbiased.
- A MAP has representatives from the civil society, local government, community leaders, entrepreneurs, the media, activists, minority groups, and the youth.
- It aims to create an environment for transparency and accountability in local entities serving the community including educational institutions, local government departments, health complex, clubs, voluntary organisations, NGOs etc.
Social Action Project
Social action projects are carried out by individuals or groups of people working together for the good of others and not for profit. P4D aims to bring about social change that will benefit their communities or society.
As part of the MAP training, partners will develop the skills and knowledge to help them plan and implement social action projects. They will work together to identify local issues, engage with the government and local networks of influence & advocate for social change.. Projects will engage with issues such as access to political participation, the environment, gender, climate change, community cohesion, livelihoods and literacy.
Thus the Social Action Projects will give participants a deeper understanding of the cultural and social issues that affect their communities.