“One procedure we are looking at is we want to engage both the legislature and community leaders in terms of how we will work together, and promote much broader communication,” says Sandile Nombeni, Project Officer representing EEO, “The project will give better living conditions for communities with much more efficient public participation, and at the same time we want our legislatures to be active and engaging with our communities in a very meaningful way.”
Sustainability, climate change, gender equality, women’s empowerment, and youth engagement are crosscutting principles underpinning the project’s strategy.
“Particularly in relation to youth there is a need for increased knowledge and awareness on the legislature, and better engagement and dialogue between civil society organisations that are specific in terms of their focus on youth and women,” says Thuli Montana, Project Officer representing SAIIA.
“We are going to work on two fronts. On one side we want to empower organisations, preferably local organisations, grassroots, to understand and know how to engage and push their agenda with the legislatures. On the other side we will also try to engage with the legislatures and encourage them to improve their public participation processes. We want more openness, more communication on what they are doing and making sure that they understand their mandate from that perspective,” says Garcin.