Introduction

The course focuses on examining and promoting community-based M&E mechanisms and gender-balanced citizen participation to “Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels” (SDG 16.7). Experts from the UN and Academia will discuss the theoretical framework and innovative examples from different countries on how participatory practices help build more resilient institutions and how they contribute to a more effective service delivery at the local level. Participants will gain practical tools and skills to promote models of Community Based Monitoring and Evaluation, and Citizen Participation.

Objectives

Objectives: 

The course will enhance participant skills in:

  • Analysing and Promoting local government engagement in different models of Community Based Monitoring and Evaluation;
  • Applying mechanisms of citizen engagement and community participation from different countries;
  • Identifying suitable mechanisms for improving gender balance in citizen engagement, and tools for women’s participation at the local level;
  • Developing an action plan for the application of learning.

Course Methodology

Course Methodology: 

The course will employs an adult learning approach characterized by a participatory and interactive training style, which engages participants in practical exercises and group work. Case studies and best practices will allow the practical application of analytical frameworks to real-life situations.

Course Contents

Course Contents: 

Day 1:

  • Community Based Monitoring and Evaluation, Citizen Participation and Women’s Participation: role and challenges
  • Citizen Participation (CP): An introduction to the concept of CP and its current role within the sub-national government system
  • Women's participation at the local level: successful mechanisms and practices
  • Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E): An introduction to the critical pillars of an M&E System
  • Community Based Monitoring and Evaluation (CBME):  An introduction to the concept of CBME and its use for sub sub-national governance

Day 2:

  • Case studies of international good practice in CBME
  • Case studies of good practice in CBME in Somaliland
  • Case studies of international good practice in women's participation at the local level

Day 3:

  • Case studies of international good practice in CP

Day 4:

  • Developing action plans

Target Audience

Target Audience: 

UN staff and national government counterparts and technical staff from ministries, interested donors and civil society organisations working on related thematic issues.

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