Municipal Social Order
This Project, named "Partnership of NGO and LSG (local self-government) in solving local problems using social order," became a unique event and first practice in our country.
This Project was dedicated to addressing social problems such as pre-school education, leisure of community, youth development, and supporting people with disabilities.
Of course, there are so many national programms which have to help people, citizens of KR, but in fact, only the people who live in the capital and big cities can get real help.
At the same time, communities who live in remote mountain municipalities cannot get their portion of attention and help. Before our Campaign they sat waiting for help from the central government.
The main aim of the project was not only solving problems of 9-10 villages, the real goal for us was testing the process of municipal social order, when LSG authorities can make decisions on how to help their communities in getting necessary social services, where central government just do not catch up in time to help them.
LSG knows about problems, but cannot provide on how to manage by all procedure of services.
So, there is one aim more - to manage regional local NGOs on how to implement social order for municipalities. So, one more objective was partnering with NGOs for capacity building.
HOW THE OBJECTIVES WERE ACHIEVED
The whole Project (Campaign) was divided into 3 parts (phases).
In the first phase DPI's team taught local activists and LSG representatives how to identify problems they have by using PRA-methods.
In the second phase LSG of 11 pilot municipalities announced competitions for implementing municipal social order with total budget for 1000 000 Soms (KR currency).
During the third phase NGOs, which won the competitions, implemented social orders according to their applications.
The Project become an innovation. It was the first time somebody tested the implementation of social order in municipalities not in the capital of KR or on the level of the whole country.
Of course, there were examples of implementing social orders on such level as National NGO and Government, but examples of municipal social order were not anywhere to be found.
The main impact was in making LSG understand that they do not have to wait for help, without any actions, but can make efforts in solving the problems they face every day among their community.
They have to try to make any positive changes possible by themselves, and we are sure that we were able to make them do it.
If you really want to change the situation, you should start from youself - that was our motto.
The most difficult for us was absence of adequate law about social order. Of course, there was one, but...
Firstly, the law was so old, that many points do not answer for the present situation.
Secondly, the law was made for government and did not include any points of information for municipalities. So that was the biggest problem.
It was difficult enough project - we feel as if we were "blind puppies" but now we are glad.
Such a big project, which gave communities the opportunity to get their long-expected services, was a great experience. Now we know, if you really want to make something good you will do it anyway, even if you do not have a proper law in your country. :)