Country: Madagascar (AFR)
This PPP is open for public comments until August 5, 2016. Please use the comment section below.
I. PROJECT DEVELOPMENT OBJECTIVES
The Project’s objective is to improve transparency and accountability mechanisms between local governments and citizens through participative planning and budgeting to improve service delivery and tax income at the local level. The project aims to (i) strengthen participation in local consultation processes to develop municipal plans,(ii) evaluate municipal plans implementation in order to improve the accountability of local authorities, and (iii) increase the ability and willingness of citizens to pay for municipal services associated with health, education and land. To accomplish this, the CIMCI project is proposing to (1) improve transparency and accountability mechanisms between local governments and citizens through participative planning and budgeting, (2) increase the participation of communities and civil society organizations in the design of Municipal annual action plan to reflect their priorities, (3) support the institutionalization of participatory budgeting by training and mobilizing local governments and communities to implement accessible and efficient tools, and (4) ensure transparency of resource allocations to municipal areas by the Decentralized Technical Services.
B. Project Beneficiaries
The Project’s indirect beneficiaries include:
II. PROJECT DESCRIPTION
A. Project Components
Component 1: Citizen Engagement in Community Evaluation of Services
(a) Develop and implement communication and information strategies.
Component 2: Strengthening accountability mechanisms and transparency tools in municipal planning
(a) Establish cooperation agreements with PICOs on access to information and citizen engagement.
Component 3: Institutionalization of Project achievements and scaling up at regional and national levels
(a) Improve the information flow between local and national government levels by establishing institutional agreements between the Project and key Ministries (Health, Education and Land) and by ensuring the participation of TASAN representatives in the Regional Health and Education Support Coordination Committees
Component 4: Knowledge management and utilization of lessons learned
(a) Produce, take up, and disseminate knowledge and learning about project’s approach and experience
B. Project Financing
The financing instrument elected for this project is a Recipient Executed Trust Fund (RETF) Grant. The source of financing for this Grant is the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA), housed within the World Bank. As per World Bank Trust Fund guidelines, given that this Trust Fund is smaller than US$5 million this Project is subject to World Bank procedures related to project preparation and supervision of Small RETF Grants. The Project cost is estimated to be US$700,000 to be financed completely by the GPSA grant. Additionally, the World Bank will commit an annual Project supervision budget in the amount of US$20,000 per year.
A. Implementation Arrangements
Project Implementing Agency: The Project will be led and coordinated by NGO SAHA. The organization will be responsible for operational activities, project monitoring and internal evaluations. It will also ensure donor contract management, reporting and will support partners with technical, finance, logistics, Monitoring, Learning and compliance of staff.
SAHA was established as an NGO in 2011 to provide support to local governments and civil society organizations. Its experience include projects in the areas of participatory budgeting, local taxation, economic local development, inter-community planning, land management, strategic alliances with ministries and policy dialogue with the government and donors.
SAHA will establish a partnership with HELVETAS and the Civil Society Land Use Platform (LUP) to implement the project. HELVETAS, an international NGO with 50 years of experience, will provide international experience and methodological support in development of mentoring partnership management tools, knowledge management processes, and monitoring and evaluation. LUP, a specialized and nationally recognized body on land issues, will support the Project in developing land-related materials adapted to local contexts, and will facilitate discussion of land issues at regional and national levels.
The project will also develop Mentoring Partnerships, based on annual contracts, with Madagascar Transparency and Social Accountability Network (TASAN) and the Coalition of Radio Stations for Peace-building. TASAN will train citizens and LGs in all 46 municipalities on participative evaluation tools and will assist with community assessments and policy dialogue. On the other hand, the Coalition of Radio Stations for Peace-building will be responsible for disseminating information generated by the Project, eliciting and collecting citizens’ feedback, organizing and broadcasting public discussions, and disseminating lessons learned and activity evaluations.
B. Results Monitoring and Evaluation
SAHA NGO and the World Bank will monitor the PDO level indicators, as well as implementation of activities supported by each Project component. Project implementation will be monitored and evaluated following an action-research approach during the whole period of implementation of the project, including focus on a baseline, mid-term and final assessments. This approach enables the project to improve its strategy and operations through adaptive learning and management as well as drawing lessons for future actions.
The Project will sustain its achievements by institutionalizing collaboration mechanisms that combine citizens’ demands for transparency and accountability with oversight responsibilities of Financial Courts and regional oversight organs. By constructively engaging with public sector insitutions and by developing the capacity of key stakeholders, the project will ensure stability beyond the duration of the grant.