The Department of Governance Research and Monitoring is mandated to conduct regular research and surveys on issues pertaining to good governance and disseminate findings, which aims at achieving good service delivery, sustainable development and prosperity. The department is divided into three Units : Home Grown Initiatives Documentation, Governance Practice and Policy Research and Governance & Service Delivery Monitoring.
Core activities of the department :
- Assessment of global indexes on Governance and other publications ;
- Give policy related proposals, and recommendations on improving public domains ;
- Conducting evidence-based policy research ;
- Strengthening of citizen participation on the demand side of accountability for public service delivery ;
- Creating database system facilitating comparative analysis based on accuracy and up-to-date data ;
- Disseminating findings through publication and panel discussions ;
- Organizing a biennial International conference on Governance and Democracy in Africa, Asia and Middle East ;
- Supervising the activities of Mobile School of Governance ;
- Monitoring of good governance principles and practices in service delivery ;
- Documenting homegrown solutions based on Rwanda’s history and culture.
The Department produces and disseminates some publications on regular basis. Those are :
- Rwanda Governance Scorecard (RGS) (Annual)
- Citizen Report Card (CRC) (Annual)
- Rwanda Governance Review (Bi-annual)
- Rwanda Media Barometer (Biennial)
The department of Governance Research is also pro-active in conducting other researches based on needs and/or existing problems.
Mobile School of Governance (MSG)
The concept of Mobile School of Governance was developed as a demand-driven program initiated and implemented by Rwanda Governance Board aiming at enhancing governance standards, citizen participation and vertical and horizontal accountability in decentralized entities.
It seeks to promote the use of measurable indicators that generate evidence for results-oriented policy actions which eventually raise awareness of local leaders to enhance governance for production to speed up socio-economic transformation.
Good governance involves developing institutions and processes that are more responsive to ordinary citizens’ needs. This implies promotion of participation, accountability and effectiveness at all levels.
The consolidation of good governance is vital in laying the foundation for the holistic development ; it contributes to uplift the standards of living of the people in an environment that is secure and politically stable as well as in systems that are efficiently managed in order to promote sustainable human development.
The promotion of good governance and involvement of citizens in finding solutions to their own problems is central to the government of Rwanda.
MSG RATIONALE :
The overall objective of this training on Mobile School of Governance is to strengthen good governance in Rwanda, through empowering local leaders and non-state actors to effectively respond to the demands of citizens geared towards national and societal development.
MSG arises from the need to enhance governance in public, private and civic domains in order to render them more efficient, effective, transparent and accountable, in the course of performing their respective roles as the main actors in development process
The attainment of the vision 2020 objectives will require significant efforts and material resources from the Government, the Private Sector, International Donors and Rwandan Society generally especially by enhancing good governance.
MAIN OBJECTIVE :
To strengthen good governance in Rwanda through empowering local leaders particularly districts and sector leaders, and non-state actors to effectively respond to the demands of citizens geared towards national and societal development
MSG seeks to Educate grass root leaders and non state actors on governance especially by showing the findings of different research publications including Citizen Report Card, Rwanda Governance Scorecard which seeks to promote effective public service delivery.
MSG as forum for discussions, on issues affecting the community, the set up priorities, it increases citizen participation in local governance issues and ownership of the programs outlined in Imihigo Agenda.
It also seeks to increase local leader’s accountability and responsiveness to citizen’s demand and voice, and help to build synergies among institutions in pursuing accountability MSG tackles a variety of governance related issues including social governance, transparency and anti-corruption in local government, entrepreneurship and job creation as well governance for production.
TOPICS TO BE COVERED
1. JADF Strengthening at Sector level
The JADF is undisputably an important forum for dialogue and accountability for all stakeholders in Local Governments. It is timely to anquintite local government officials with the roles and function of JADF in promoting Local Economic Development. Secondly, JADF at Sector level needs further strengthening and operationalization.
2. Dissemination of RGB Research publications (RGS, CRCs, G4P,)
RGB Department of Research and Monitoring conducts regular research and surveys on issues pertaining to good governance, through the MSG program, the findings will be disseminated, with the aim of achieving good service delivery, sustainable development and prosperity.
The researches carried out that include the annual publications such as Citizen Report Card, Rwanda Governance Scorecard, media barometer, and other publications which help to show the progress in terms of Good Governance and service delivery.
3. Enabling factors to social transformation
Local Government leaders are always at the forefront of public policy implementation and dissemination. Since they are the key vectors of social change and the change we want, it is therefore important to equip and dialogue with them on key tools of analysis on factors that enable social transformation.
4. Role of CSOs in promoting Good Governance and Dignity
Reference is made to the Civil Society Policy Dialogue held on 26th September 2013 at Nobleza Hotel which discussed strategies that would strengthen the role of CSOs in Socio-Economic Development of the Nation and recommended to continue the dialogue at Local level.
5. Promotion of Good Governacne Principles
Promote good governance principles, in political, public, corporate and non-governmental domains is one of major tasks assigned to RGB.
- District staff (03) ;
- Representative of Civil Society Platform at District level (01)
- Sector JADF committee members (07) multiplied by number of Sectors in each District.
Good Governance:Officials incharge of Good Governance at district level have been key players in promotion of good governance.
District officer in charge of Business promotion : Local Economic Development basing on identified local potentialities needs to be a pre-occupation of all Districts, thus the need to further equip the staff in charge of business promotion at district level with LED knowledge ;
Statistics officers at District level:Statistics informs decision making and policy direction. It is in this regard that we highly recommend the participation of District Statistics official due to their role in data collection and interpretation ;
Sector JADF committee members : JADF Strengthening program has picked shape at District level but still lacking at sector level ;
Civil Society platform : Making reference to the recommendations from Civil Society Policy Dialogue held on 26th September 2013 at Nobleza Hotel and recommended that CSOs should support the government in mobilizing of masses towards socio-economic transformation through sensitization, it is important to bring on board the representative their platform at District level to participant in such a training.
To ensure awareness and participation among the local residents including the Cell Executive Secretaries, on the above topics and MSG as a way of enhancing local leader’s accountability and responsiveness to citizen’s demand and voice, it will therefore be composed of
- Live Program on Community Radio, The program which will be aired prior to the event will discuss the rationale of the training workshop, the expected output and also ensure that its communally understood.
- YouTube spots We shall need a video coverage to capture the necessary angles, of every event, edit and have clip to be uploaded on the YouTube line. This will also involve taking pictures for use in the report.
- Media coverage We shall invite and ensure coverage of the media including TV, Radios, print and online media
- Reporting There will be documentation of the event, the report shall include photos
- Increased local leaders’ accountability and responsiveness to citizens’ demands and voice ;
- Synergies built among institutions (RGB, NIC, Civil Society Platform) ;
- Leadership of Civil Society platform engaged on national development ;
- JADF Strengthened at Sector level ;
- To establish a clear and open dialogue of key governance issues.