CONDUCTING COMMUNITY SCORE CARDS WITHIN THE DISTRICTS COVERED BY THE SCAB PROJECT

 

I. BACKGROUND

1.1. ORGANIZER/CLIENT

CLADHO (Collectif des Ligues et Associations de Défense des Droits de l’Homme au Rwanda) is a well-established umbrella of human rights organizations in Rwanda, active in the area of human rights promotion, economic governance, right to socio protection, right to education and citizen participation. It was founded in May 1993 with the mission to protect, defend and promote human rights. It focuses on social and economic rights, social security, labor law, budget analysis and advocacy. CLADHO is a network of 12 human rights organizations that participates in program and project implementation in Rwanda.

CLADHO has its legal status no 43/08/2011 of 31/03/2011 Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Rwanda, and compliance certificate of  RGB no 04/2012 of 17/02/2012. Therefore it has a strong partnership with the Rwanda Human right national commission, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of finance and economic planning, the parliament and the National Children Commission.  Together with other CSOs, CLADHO is one of potential member organizations of the Rwanda civil society platform (RCSP) and is affiliated to F.I.D.H. and to l’ U.I.D.H. It is a strong observatory member to the African Union human rights commission.

The vision of CLADHO is to have a state that respects fully Human Rights. The areas of intervention are: Human Rights at work, Political rights, child rights, land rights, Economic governance: Budget tracking and transparency; Citizen participation in decision making and budget formulation process; and finally the social and health rights that includes the sexual and reproductive  health rights and social protection of domestic workers.

 

1.2. SCAB PROJECT

CLADHO in partnership with Actionaid Rwanda and CCOAIB is implementing the “capacity building project that aims at promoting Sustainable Agriculture Policies and Citizens participatory Budgeting in Rwanda (SCAB project)” funded by EU. This project will strengthen the capacity of civil society organizations at all levels (internal governance, structuring, resource mobilization, technical budgetary knowledge, communication skills) to actively engage in agriculture policy dialogue, budget shaping and monitoring. The project intends to better link the national agriculture budget to the population's priorities needs and human rights through informed analyses and contributions to budget proposals, monitoring and tracking public revenues and expenditures, and supporting citizens' budget literacy. In so doing the project will mobilize, bring together and work with civil society stakeholders from the sector level, community level, district level to the national level in a bid to institutionalize agriculture budget planning processes that embrace public accountability, effectiveness, gender responsiveness and climate resilience.


1.2.1. Project overall goal:
CSOs are supported and have the capacity to engage in agriculture policy shaping and public   accountability to ensure sustainable food security in Rwanda.


1.2.2. Project specific objective
To strengthen CSOs capacities in 8 Districts to play their roles in agriculture policy shaping and budget planning processes.

 

2. RATIONALE OF CONDUCTING COMMUNITY SCORE CARD
The community score card and social audit as highlighted in the project ,has been selected by the SCAB project to be conducted in the intervention areas of the Project as a means to achieve good governance and increased public participation for improved public service delivery, especially in agriculture sector. The CSC approach will bring together community members, service providers, and local government authorities  to identify service utilization and provision challenges, and to mutually generate solutions, and work in partnership to implement and track the effectiveness of those solutions in an ongoing process of quality improvement.

The main goal of the Community Score Card is to positively influence the quality, efficiency and accountability with which services are provided at different levels. The core implementation strategy to achieve the goal is using dialogue in a participatory forum that engages both duty beraers and right holders. The SCAB project intends to strengthen capacities of CSOs and their constituencies towards promoting Sustainable Agriculture Policies and Citizens participatory Budgeting in Rwanda, Therefore It is in this framework that CLADHO as partner in project implementation is organizing a community score card and social audit in the agriculture sector. The community score card will be conducted by the professional consultant in the field of evidence based advocacy and community score card from the restricted lists of potential consultants working with CLADHO supported by women networks representatives under suppervision of the project team.

 

3. SCOPE OF THE WORK. 

The community score card will be conductecd in 5 Districts (Gisagara-Nyaruguru-Nyanza-Musanze and Karongi) selected randomly among 8 Districts of project implementation and