” A Guide For Local Elections 2019, in Improving the Services for the Community”
The staff of CEID together with local partners implemented the Youth Score Card project on behalf of Bacid fund for the Danube Region.
The project is implemented based on social accountability initiative that seeks to deepen local governance by strengthening the social, economic and cultural progress, especially in terms of provision of service delivery that contributes in the quality of citizens’ lives.
Democratic citizens’ engagement, where a significant gap requiring meaningful actions is observed, needs to be seriously developed by providing different platforms of public involvement. Even though the Municipality of Kamza has a strong indication on participatory budgeting process, there is still an obvious lack in citizens’ committees or other forms of public, in good practices, which promote active and open participation. These are considered and emphasized in the assessment done by youth as well.
In a summarizing, the progress is recorded and good evaluation is done when youth are asked about information channels that Municipality provides for them. The 85% of young people get information through technology ( emails, website etc.). While they were asked to evaluate the relation between them and the councilors on youth programs/policies before taking decision, 15% of them think they consulted many times, 10% always, 47% never heard about this, 13% don’t know and 15% haven’t responded to the question. Meanwhile, when they were asked to evaluate the organization of cultural activities, 40% of them responded that this category was in a bad situation, 27% normal, 7% answered I don’t know/without answer, 20% good situation and 6% excellent. When it comes to the Municipality’s work on reducing poverty, through employment practices and programs, 53% believe that in this field no good job is done thus the situation is evaluated as bad, 22% normal situation, 5% say it is good, 2% excellent and 18% answered I don’t know/have no answer.
This scorecard comprised a set of questions, through which an evaluation on public goods and service delivered, was filled by around 421 young people.
One out of five recommendations links the systematic problem of youth unemployment with the creation of good practices of youth engagement in different public and private institutions through paid internships where municipality subsidies them. Entering in a labor market system over a defined period of time and through a fair competition, supported by Municipality, lead them to a sustainable long term approach on creating network, developing their skills, gaining knowledge and experience as well as being familiar with the institutional rules and behavior.
All that, like data collection and analysis together with the results’ publication on local governance performance, serve little purpose if they do not have an impact on public policy -making at the local and national level. For this reason, right from the start of the initiative, our team developed a clear strategy of communicating the results to the Municipal’ representatives.
The Action is funded by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) through the BACID grant scheme (Building Administrative Capacities in Danube Region & Western Balkans), managed by the Austrian Association of Cities and Towns (AACT) and KDZ Centre for Public Administration Research. #thankyou