Ethiopian Social Accountability Program II (ESAP II)

This is a special multi-trust (mainly World Bank) funded project is launched by Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, and Ethiopian Management Agency as of 2008. JeCCDO is one of few local CSOs selected by the government to run the project, and has been implementing it in partnership with its two local partners for the last 6 years. The program is implemented in 5 weredas namely Aje, Shahsmene, Dire Dawa, Bishoftu and Bahir Dar and is now in its second phase.

The goal of the project is empowering citizens and their grass roots institutions to engage in and benefit from public basic service delivery processes and governance structures that are responsive and accountable to them”. The major strategies of the project is capacity building of the local community, and promoting participatory budgeting and community based performance monitoring and evaluation in primary education, and water supply and sanitation.

In line with the project long-term objective, the project intends to achieve the following four key outcomes:

  • 1 Citizens and their grass root institutions are enabled to sustain their engagement with local government for improved, transparent, accountable and equitable service to vulnerable groups
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  • 1 Local government and service providers are enabled and formally embraced the process and practices of social accountability to address the concerns and fulfil the entitlement of citizens  
  • 1Citizens have formalized at least an annual performance assessment with local government on the effectiveness, efficiency and inclusiveness of public basic service delivery
  • 1Citizens in five urban areas have increased their participation to influence local government to meet the needs of citizens

 

As the project is unique by its nature, JeCCDO is proud of implementing it and has learnt a lot along the way. Apart from this, the project has enabled JeCCDO to cement its partnership with the local government and grass root communities, and build its credibility from key stakeholders as well.

 

Partial View of Interface Meeting Between

service users (community) and service provider (Local Goverment)