Hi Chioma Ume, Thank you for your interest in our idea!
The primary audience are both the community members of Paka – Djuma and the local authorities from the beginning of the project, the secondary audience instead are the Commune of Limete (673,000) and the broader City-Province of Kinshasa. The approach is towards the participation of the community, especially for reporting feedback through the participation in consultation (attending meetings, elect representatives for management, give feedback on operation and management) To improve reliability of a service both selection of operators and a feedback systems will be implemented. An efficient feedback system is provided through training of bookkeepers and providing them with the right materials. In addition, special attention will be placed on a proper communication system. Maintenance of established infrastructure and services is a major problem in developing countries nowadays. In the slum of Paka-Djuma , community participation and management have been identified as possible solutions to maintenance problems. A solid waste management system is in fact a continuous maintenance system, which always requires community participation. With community management often the highest level of community participation is meant, i.e. involvement in decision-making. Community’s needs: develop An appropriate organizational framework, adaption of personnel management and training of existing staff in communication skills in order to raise funds and finance their structure even after the conclusion of the project. Produce a virtuous effect on social trust, community cohesion and active participation. Community’s perception: local leaders -traditional leaders, formal governmental institutions and informal organizations- seems to be either active in the management of the service or in contacts with the municipality or the community. Community’s expectations: Be able to deal with the community management considered as a situation in which a community takes the responsibility for, obtains authority over and carries out control on operation, management and maintenance of a service benefitting its members. Be active in showing proper contributions in labor, in participation in consultation, and in administration and management. Community members and local authorities always play a different role in SWM. Now the community want to be involved in the collection system and work with the local authorities. Involvement in management of solid waste services includes participation in the management of solid waste services and keeping in contact both with the municipality and the community. They ask women and children to be involved as well in the process. They would like to see women involved as initiators, managers, operators, political activists, educators, and watchdogs of the community. Youths as well, mainly active as operators of solid waste services. The effort is to overcome the usual problem in dealing with solid waste management: low participation of households comprises issues such as low community priority for solid waste management, low willingness to participate in collection systems and in keeping public spaces clean. Preliminary research and proper consultation of the community on the desired service, appropriate incentives for households and servants, and caretaking systems for streets and other public places are all adequate and appropriate methods to overcome these problems. In any case our first preliminary assessment shows the commitment of the local residents in being involved (71%). Another effort would be succeed in including women and socio-cultural minority groups in the collection management. We may need support for the following activities: - marketing - endwaste
Thank you for your interest on our idea! Our idea is based on mobilizing and reinforcing the capacity of the local communities through the creation of a CBO to generate a proactive dynamic among the slum-dwelling communities enhancing their capacity towards auto-determination and leadership. In order to do so, the CBO will need to build a viable and solid organizational structure, transparent management procedures and participatory democratic process. Cesvi will assist CBO members in constructing leadership, membership maintenance, information management, problem solving and accounting. The creation of the local CBO will lead to reinforce their system of advocacy and cohesion within the community. Several coordination meetings, workshop will be organized to the purpose of creating networks among all relevant urban actors and reinforcing their collaboration. Public private partnership (PPP) will be explored in the design and implementation of specific activities, e.g. marketing or recycled in the SWM component. The scaling up of this project will be ensured thanks to the reinforcement of the CBO’s advocacy and fundraising capabilities. In particular thanks to the training sessions provided, the CBO members will acquire the right skills and techniques to advocate and campaign effectively in order to influence local decision makers and scale up initiatives to bring about positive changes in their communities. CBO members will be trains on societal income generation, income generating activities (IGAs) start up and business planning.