180 Community Development Charter for Accountability Engagement
SCEEP is presently developing the Community Development Charter (CDC) across the 180 communities of the project. The development of the community charter is an empowering process that gives communities an insight into the challenges they face as a people.
It is a process that equips them with the right skills to bring about the solutions to these challenges and subsequently mobilising their own active agency as a people and recognising the inherent power they possess as a group to bring about change
The near absence of accountability has often characterised Nigeria’s electoral democracy, the community charter is an attempt to initiate an accountability spectrum that transcends the pre-election period into the period of the public officer when elected and in office.
Often promises made by politicians are almost forgotten as soon as they are elected. Drawing from the engagement platforms, the CDC will provide a structured approach towards ensuring that the needs of the people are at the core of development interventions
The CDC is also a document that has the potential of changing the development approach in the project locations. With its clear articulation of community challenges, it becomes very easy for policy makers to key it into their development plans and actually use it as a community development blue print for the locations.
It is a tool that can be used to engage different levels and tiers of governance and the different arms of government (the executive and legislature)
Its potentials for development planning and engendering accountability becomes quite enormous and in 4 years the document becomes in concrete terms a tool for evaluating the performance of leaders as the elections come again
SCEEP is implemented by ActionAid Nigeria and BBC Media Action, with support from the UK Department for International Development (DFID)