Mobilizing local capabilities on issue-based engagements
Multi-stakeholder model at local level as a way of engaging rights-holders and duty-bearers (formal and traditional authorities), where all stakeholders have a legitimate voice in decision-making processes. A strategy of mobilization for social change in Northern Uganda must be understood from the backdrop of emerging out of a protracted civil war which has created widespread vulnerability. CEfAD will first and foremost focus on anchoring community ownership and participation in local structures such as the traditional authority mechanisms and local community associations and CBOs. A key mechanism to ensure participation will be the integration of the tool of Community Conversations in all thematic interventions. CEfAD recognises that mobilization local capacities and empowerment is an important social drive towards active citizenships, stronger governance institutions and sustainable livelihoods. In the circumstances of emergency preparedness and response, CEfAD will prioritize a focus on the Do No Harm methodology and building local capacities for peaceful co-existence. Using organized groups such as Village Health Committees, Village Water Committees, Parent Teachers Associations, girls clubs in schools and Savings and Loans groups as arenas for empowerment and mobilization of rights-holders for active citizenship;
Building strategic partnerships
To CEfAD, social change is a contribution of actors and agents of change working through collective plan and common interests. The work we do is intrinsically linked to the work of others and it is this recognition that CEfAD identifies with, and work towards building strategic partnerships with identified key players in the delivery of particular programme results. This forms CEfAD’s institutional mechanisms of building alliances and operational partnerships, by identifying complementary strengths and working together with others to be able to deliver cost-effective services and achieve better results. CEfAD’s partnership framework provides a basis of developing partnerships.
Process as important as results
We believe that the process of engaging duty bearers and right holders to positively effect change at levels will requires conscious and systemic interactions between agents of change. CEfAD values processes as much as the results of such processes. As with all models of active engagement, ensuring good attention to process increases the chance to realise the intended results. We recognize that results need to be nurtured through planned, engaged and systematic process that is both empowering and.