local government

Webinar: Local government leadership in sanitation and hygiene: experiences and learnings

Dear friends and colleagues,

Webinar: Local government leadership in sanitation and hygiene: experiences and learnings
(English & French event – Le texte en français se trouve en bas)

Event: How to strengthen local government leadership for sanitation and hygiene

Tuesday 23rd November 2-3.30pm (Nigeria time) 1-2.30pm (UK time)

At AfricaSan6 conference, the Sanitation Learning Hub are facilitating this free online session on how to galvanise and sustain support of local governments for sanitation and hygiene. Register for AfricaSan6

In the session panellists will share concrete examples of local government leadership mainly from West Africa, looking at what leads to prioritisation of sanitation and hygiene, and identifying commonalities and transferable knowledge.

The session builds on the work of the Sanitation Learning Hub (SLH) with government representatives and development partners from local areas in East and West Africa in 2020-2021.

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Of women, politics and panchayats

Nirantar is a Dehli-based resource group that actively provides inputs to NGOs in the field. Drawing on its experience of working with women panchayat (local government) members in Banda district, Uttar Pradesh, India, this paper explores what motivates women to stand for panchayat elections and why it is difficult for them to enter the panchayat system and effectively participate in it. The paper also takes a critical look at the widespread belief that the reservation of seats in panchayat bodies for women candidates has not really empowered them.

Municipalities and community participation: a sourcebook for capacity building

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Teach yourself citizens juries

A citizens jury (CJ) can be described as ôan opportunity for people to express an informed view on a subject, according to their principlesö. The CJ includes ordinary people on the jury, who get information from specialists with different perspectives, and make conclusions on community issues in order to influence decision makers. This handbook uses a series of cartoons as a guide, to take you through a step-by-step process on how to plan, implement, and follow-up citizens juries (CJs).