The Community Development and Research Agency (CODRA) and the Liberian Children’s Schooling Project (LCSP) on Friday July 16 launched a “Social Accountability Project” in Gbarnga, Bong County.
During the launch, the heads of the two implementing organizations, Messrs Lassanah Dukuly and Dr. Mogana Flomo Sr., told the gathering that the project is meant to increase citizens’ participation in monitoring government’s spending in a drive to ensure transparency and accountability.
The heads of the two CSOs explained that under the project, their respective organizations will establish and strengthen the capacity and competence of social accountability clubs in two educational and health districts in Bong and Nimba counties.
The project under the theme, “Enhancing Service Delivery, the Need for an Inclusive Participation – The Role of Communities,” will last for eight months, and will be implemented in Bong, Nimba and Margibi counties.
Messrs. Dukuly and Flomo indicated that their institutions will engage stakeholders in the three counties with the aim of mobilizing community people to get involved in social accountability.
Dukuly assured that CODRA will monitor and track service delivery under its project title, “Enhancing Citizens’ Social Demand for Accountability and Transparency and Effectiveness in Public Service Delivery in the Health and Education Sectors.”
He said the project will be implemented in Bong and Nimba counties.
For his part, the Liberia Children’s Schooling Project (LCSP) Executive Director said his organization will work with the vulnerable and the physically-challenged in Bong and Margibi counties to strengthen their participation in monitoring the delivery of government services.
Mr. Flomo said the LCSP will also engage service providers of public services that are relevant to vulnerable people, and mobilize and organize them to enhance their capacity to articulate issues and engage local authorities meaningfully and constructively.
In a related development, an official of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning’s (MFDP) Non State Actors Secretariat, Mrs. Carolyn Zoduah, told the participants that the Liberian government remains committed to ensuring accountability in its spending activities.
Mrs. Zoduah assured the gathering that the MFDP will continue to work with CSO representatives and citizens in general to ensure transparency and accountability in the delivery of social services.
It may be recalled that since 2014, the government, through the Non State Actors Secretariat with support from the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the
European Union (EU), has been providing funding for the strengthening of citizens’ voices, the demand side of governance, to hold the government accountable for the way it is managing public resources.
The program was attended by an array of local government officials, District Commissioners, the physically-challenged, the local health teams, and education authorities from Bong and Nimba counties.