Transparent Decision Making, Key for Local Development and Empowering PeopleJun 18, 2014
Local officials and residents of the 30 target communities of the Joint Integrated Local Development Programme (JILDP) learn to promote transparency in local decision-making.
Local officials and councilors from Peresecina, Orhei district, were trained to review the procedures aimed to ensure local government transparency which include a timely announcement of the date and time of local council and specialized committees’ meetings, publication of draft decisions, ensuring that the meetings are public and consulting stakeholders.
Maria Ursachi, secretary of the Peresecina local council, says that the training helped her rethink the functioning of municipalities in Moldova. “We have a lot of work to do to ensure a genuine transparency of the local council and town hall. In order to achieve that we must change the way we organize our work,” says Ms. Ursachi.
The mayoralty of Cărpineni, Hânceşti, held an open meeting of the local council to show villagers how local decision-making works. They used the example of a local businessperson who owns a slaughterhouse, employs seven people and asked for a land plot next to his slaughterhouse to expand his business. People had the opportunity to participate actively at the meetings of the local council’s specialized committees as well as at the council’s deliberative session.
“Active citizen participation helps us make better decisions in the interest of all the people. Cărpineni council meetings are open to all; the agenda is made available at the town hall and on community info boards,” says Mayor Ion Cărpineanu.
JILDP encourages local government transparency and people’s participation in decision-making aimed at the community. Residents of Iargara, Leova district - another target community under the JILDP - participated in a public discussion for selecting a public service project that would best reflect the interests of the community. Three projects were put forth for consideration: building a lavatory facility in the primary school building, opening a playground for children in the town park, and refurbishing the electrical grid of the local kindergarten. The community voted to renovate the kindergarten’s power grid.
“Public consultation of decisions on local development projects ensures that they are useful to a larger number of people,” explains Silvia Strelciuc, community facilitator who works in five of the 30 JILDP target communities. “In these consultations, we focus on the interests of those whose voice is less heard and vulnerable groups, as we aim to integrate all members of the community and to ensure equal opportunities for all,” adds Claudia Ivanov, Mayor of Iargara.
Public discussions to identify priority public services projects are part of the implementation of grants projects of up to US$ 15,000 U, provided by JILDP to develop community services. Public consultations in other JILDP communities resulted in street lighting projects, renovation of schools and kindergartens, creating public relations offices and one-stop shops for receiving and issuing local documents, and other examples.
“In our work, we promote transparent decision making and people’s participation in community life, which are pillars of achieving local democracy,” says Valeria Ieșeanu, Programme Coordinator, UNDP Moldova.
The Joint Integrated Local Development Programme, implemented by the United Nations Development Programme and the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, with the financial support of Danish Government, assists the Government of Moldova in the implementation of decentralization reform. JILDP’s National Coordinator is the State Chancellery of the Republic of Moldova.
Lucia Aprodu, JILDP Communication consultant, email@example.com, mob: 060-026-702