Deepening Democracy through strengthening Citizens’ Participation and Accountable Governance (DDAG) is :
This is a 5 year joint programme (2013-2018) between the Government of Rwanda and One UN-Rwanda. It is aligned to Rwanda’s priorities : EDPRS II (2013-2018) and Vision 2020 in the area of Accountable Governance. It is also aligned to the UNDAP (United Nations Development Assistance Plan).
Purpose of DDAG :
To deepen democracy and Strengthen citizen participation and Accountable Governance
Addresses challenges in democratic governance especially in reinforcing inclusive participation and strengthening political accountability by addressing the issues of political participation, media-sector reforms and use of evidence based governance and planning.
DDAG intends to efficiently respond to the national priorities as expressed in EDPRS II and the UNDAP for the period of 2013-2018
Will specifically contribute to the achievement of Result 2, Outcome 1 of the UNDAP which is “Improved accountability and citizen participation in sustainable development and decision making process at all levels.”
It lays special focus on women and youth in their increased participation in decision making and development processes.
Main components of DDAG :
- Inclusive participation,
- Accountability of institutions,
- Evidenced based governance and
- Capacity building of national coordinating authorities in order to improve their performance.
Outcomes of DDAG
- Citizens’ access to more public information for their own Development ; and use of evidence based information by policy makers for decision making as well as for planning ;
- Timely and quality services delivered to citizens at all levels
- Gender parity in leadership at all levels.
Expected results of DDAG
- A more peaceful and democratic society, where freedoms and human rights are fully protected and respected ;
- Management of public affairs, including resources conducted in a more effective, accountable and transparent manner at national and decentralized levels.
Partners on the part of Rwanda Government :
Rwanda Governance Board (RGB), Media High Council (MHC), Parliament, National Forum for Political Organization, National Electoral Commission and the Media associations supported through RGB (Associations of Rwandan Journalist responsible for media self-regulation and other media entities like Maison de la presse, Forum for private newspapers, and ARFEM).
The lead Coordinating body on behalf of Rwanda Government is the ministry of Economic planning and Finance (MINECOFIN).
Partners on the part of one UN ;
UNDP, UNWomen, UNV and OHCHR.
The Coordinating Agency on behalf of One UN is the office of the Resident Coordinator.
Beneficiaries of DDAG Programme
The Primary beneficiaries of the programme are the Rwandan citizens. The expected outcomes of the programme will :
- Deepen democracy by opening up political space for Dialogue and citizen engagement, ensuring free flow of information that will enhance citizen capacity to make decisions ;
- Provide a mechanism for constantly giving feedback on government performance at all levels.
The role of RGB in the implementation of DDAG programme
DDAG project (2013-2018) in RGB
Under the Coordination of DDAG project Coordinator,
RGB will implement components related to :
- Generating evidence based research and assessment for good governance such as production of Rwanda Governance Score card (RGS) ; the Joint Governance Assessment (JGA) ; the Citizen Report Card (CRC) ;
- Mobile School of Governance and
- Media reform activities.
Main Outputs for DDAG project in RGB
Output 1 : National and local institutions have improved capacity for research, generation and utilization of disaggregated data for participatory and evidence-based legislation, policy formulation and planning at all levels.
Output 2:Central, decentralized entities and communities have better capacity to promote community-driven development processes.
Output 3 : National oversight institutions have strong capacity to promote and demand for accountability and transparency at all levels.
Output 4 : Citizens, communities and media have capacity to participate in decision making and demand for accountability and transparency at all levels.
Output 5 : Implementing partners have a better capacity to manage the programme.