Due to the delay in the local government (LG) elections originally scheduled after August 2009, FAFEN, modified the Women Voters Mobilization Project and carried out comprehensive observation of the pre-election process and assessing citizens’ perspectives on local issues and quality of service delivery being rendered by local government (LG) institutions.
The modification allowed FAFEN to draw multiple stakeholders’ perspectives vis-à-vis the ongoing public discourse on the future shape of LG institutions and related amendments to the local government ordinance. In addition, the project activities yielded qualitative and quantitative data on the performance of local governments during their tenure (2005-2009) through a systematic study in 34 districts carried out by the 13 member organizations. The study was the first of its kind that attempted a comprehensive look at LG processes.
The project activities were in line with FAFEN’s long-term program objectives. With this one-of-a-kind up-to-date research, it was able to intervene through advocacy initiatives locally and nationally using research-based recommendations on the need and scope of amendments to the LG Ordinance. This helped inform public discourse and enhanced the quality of multi-stakeholder advocacy initiatives in the area. In the long-run, FAFEN planned to use the findings of the study in its citizens’ education and constituency relations public information materials and trainings.