Democracy and Governance
The situation that existed before our intervention in 2003 was:
- Unorganized and apolitical civil society groups at the grassroots which is due to a sense of insecurity amidst political intimidation
- Highly politicized Community Development Associations (CDAs), supposed to be people’s platform but under government’s influence
- Lack of purposeful and constructive curiosity from the electorate.
- Lack of transparency and downward accountability, and disregard for due process by political office holders.
- Lack of popular participation in governance due to politics of exclusion.
- Inaccessible public information [ such as budget, policies and report]
- Low level of incorporation of gender in policies and politics at the grassroots.
- JDPC Ibadan visibly championing the cause; unconsciously working for the people.
- To bring about the evolution of a virile and assertive social movement of organized civil groups that would take responsibility for the ownership, leadership and direction of their just cause through alliance building.
- To promote true and inclusive governance process through system democratization.
- Promote Popular Participation at the grassroots through groups’ formation and capacity development.
- Bridge communication gap between political office holders and the electorate through interface platform.
- Promote accountability and transparency at the local government level through civil pressure groups.
- Strengthen and build the capacity of civil society groups.
- Capacity Building: In the areas of Civic Education, Needs Assessment and Budget Monitoring, Lobbying and Advocacy and Group Management.
- Lobbying and Advocacy: Constructive dialogue, letter of complaints [SOS letter], Meetings/Parley with concerned government officials.
- Constituency Cultivation (Town Hall Meetings): Accountability forum, Manifesto/Candidate Encounter Platform, Monitoring of Promises.
- Meeting: Groups’ monthly meetings.
The New Role of JDPC Ibadan is that of a less visible catalyst and is depicted diagrammatically below:
Specific Roles Of JDPC
- 1. Pragmatic Local Intervention (PLI)
Aggressive underground facilitation and mobilization for consistent local assertiveness of the electorate. Thus, becoming less visible while the electorate become more visible as a coalition of community institutions at the centre of activities
- 2. Strategic Global Intervention (SGI)
- Visibly engaging relevant stakeholders in thematic discourse that will pave way and create enabling environment for the PLI. E.g. the issues of Social Contract, Sovereignty, downward accountability etc.
- Lobbying and advocating for the strategic needs of PLI. E.g. policy change
- Networking and building alliances with allies (credible persons and institutions)
- Constant information research, system review and information sharing.