SDGs Localisation project

1. Title

“Strengthening local government’s role as a partner in development”

2. Goal

The goal of this Rwanda pilot project is “To foster inter-governmental dialogue on how best the localisation of the SDGs and their achievement can be pursued in the Rwandan local government context”.

The above goal is fully aligned with the goal of EAC pilot project reading as follows “To strengthen inter-governmental frameworks and test different methodologies for local government to play a real role in achieving the SDGs”. Presently, RALGA has already informally secured a high level political buy-in for the pilot project from the Ministry of Local Government and the goal at hand was agreed upon. It is therefore obvious that this goal is very consistent with criteria number 4 of the CLGF-EU Project about the “Commitment of both the LGA and Ministry of Local Government to actively participate in pilot project”.

3. Purpose

To strengthen the capacity of Rwandan local government to effectively adapt the SDGs to their own context, realities, challenges and needs.

4. Objectives

1. To assist pilot Districts in stimulating multi-stakeholder understanding and ownership of the SDGs between now and June, 2019

This particular objective is consistent with the Rwandan domestication plan of the SDGs. In fact, this plan highly stresses the central importance of SDGs stakeholders’ sensitization as a means to achieve a greater understanding and hence ownership of the globally endorsed goals by both citizens and other non-individual actors. In light of this, it is obvious that this specific objective meets criteria number 1 of the CLGF-EU Project about the Rwandan government’s political commitment to achieving the SGs.

2. To influence the adoption of a clear plan or road-map for the localization of the SDGs by end of August 2016

Apart from meeting criteria number 2 of the CLGF-EU Project about the existence of a local authority association, RALGA in substance, this particular objective also meets the specific objective number 3 of the above mentioned project about influencing the practices of national government through advocacy practices.

3. To technically assist pilot Districts’ Councils in adapting globally endorsed SDGs to their current situations and future aspirations

As per the current power-configurations in the Rwandan local government, District Councils represent the highest or supreme-decision-making organs over how key issues affecting population under its territorial competence should be addressed including in matters of local planning. Similarirly, the District Council has competence to determine how some form of services likely to result from the SDGs localization will be pursued. In this regard, it is clear that the specific objective at hand fully meets criteria 4 of the CLGF-EU Project which pertains to the responsibility of local council in delivering services leading to the achievement of the SDGs.

5. Project Activities

- Organize a public awareness campaign around the importance of localising the SDGs

This activity will consist of sub-activities such as the translation of SDGs from English to Kinyarwanda, the production and dissemination of simplified leaflets or flyers on SDGs as well as the production and broadcasting (in Kinyarwanda) of radio spots or shows on the SDGs and importance of its localisation. The main output expected from this activity is a communication plan around SDGs. The activity will equally benefit pilot Districts, local population and other local development stakeholders who will play a role in achieving the SDGs are.

- Devise and advocate the endorsement of a clear and realistic roadmap for the localization of the SDGs

This activity will among other things consist in devising a realistic and clear roadmap for the localization of the SDGs and advocate for its endorsement by competent authorities. Given the fact that the activity at hand is advocacy-oriented, the expected output or deliverable is a roadmap proposal for the localization of the SDGs. In this regard, the pilot Districts are primary beneficiaries whereas local population are end-beneficiaries.

- Assess the initial conditions for SDGs localisation

This activity will among others consists in carrying out an assessment of the initial conditions prevailing in Rwanda in general and in pilot Districts in particular and examine how they enable or not an effective localisation of the SDGs. It will also assess the extent to what the current local planning frameworks cover the SDGs targets and indicators and what are the missing gaps which ought to be considered in future local planning frameworks.

- Organize community and national policy dialogues on the SDGs localisation

This activity will consist of sub-activities such as the organization of community and national policy-dialogues on the SDGs localisation. The policy dialogues will explore inter-alia how best this localisation process can be pursued (localisation methodology preference) in a Rwandan local government context as well as the role various stakeholders are called to play in order to achieve the SDGs targets and indicators at the local level.

- Support pilot Districts in adapting globally endorsed SDGs to their own context, realities and aspirations

This action consists of a set of sequential sub-activities ranging among others from devising and testing appropriate methodology for active multi-stakeholder participation in the translation of globally endorsed SDGs into local targets and indicators. The activity will also consist in the prioritization of locally reviewed SDGs targets and indicators. Lastly, it will consist in providing pilot Districts with technical assistance towards a proactive elaboration of their draft DDPs for the period 2018-2023 and therein fully integrate locally adapted SDGs targets and indicators.

6. Project coordinator

Mr. Jean Bosco Rushingabigwi
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