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We work with governments, businesses, and civil society organizations in Makueni County (Kenya), Elgeyo-Marakwet (Kenya), Sekondi-Takoradi, (Ghana), and Kaduna (Nigeria). Read about their initiatives below!

Makueni County, Kenya

Makueni County, Kenya

  Government Civil Society Hivos Hub
LOCI ParticipantsMary Kimanzi
County Executive Committee Member for Finance and Socio-economic Planning
Antony Ndolo
Stephanie Muchai
LOCI Participant organizationCounty Government of MakueniMAPACA Trust
(Makueni Agency for Paralegal Communities in Africa Trust)
Hivos East Africa
Participant RolesCommitments related to beneficial ownership, open contracting, health, and citizen engagement.
Regional Coordinator and Trainer for the Lower Eastern Region involved in a project that aims to strengthen the capacities of state and non-state actors for effective devolved governance in Kenya.

Support infomediaries (artists, journalists, techies, activists, and creative entrepreneurs) efforts to express themselves and invite the public to join the procurement process. Foster alliances between change makers, civil society, government and companies to develop new strategies for public space and enhanced accountability. Counter shrinking civic space by supporting alliances that facilitate evidence-based policy influencing and scale successful transparency and accountability initiatives.
Objectives/Goals
Elimination or minimization of corruption or malpractices in procurement; value for money, closing accountability gaps, wealth creation; ownership of development by the people
Current StatusActive: Looking for support or collaboration
OGP (National) Commitment [+Updated narrative note, including dates, links to blogs, stories, etc]

Elgeyo-Marakwet, Kenya

Elgeyo-Marakwet, Kenya

  Government Civil Society Hivos Hub
LOCI ParticipantsJohn Maritim
Director, Budget and Planning
Faith Weyombo
Project Officer for Open Contracting
Stephanie Muchai
LOCI Participant organizationCounty Government of Elgeyo-MarakwetThe Institute for Social Accountability (TISA)Hivos East Africa
Participant Roles
Participatory development planning processes, transparent budget-making processes, participatory and inclusive decision-making processes, open government practices, and mainstreaming of cross-cutting development processes. Commitments related to open procurement, health service delivery, civic engagement, inclusion of marginalized groups, citizen oversight, and youth engagement.

Governance-focused. Built considerable expertise and networks in local governance, participatory governance, and advocacy strategies, while growing in experience and developing tools and curricula. Aim to uplift the poor and the marginalized.

Support infomediaries (artists, journalists, techies, activists, and creative entrepreneurs) efforts to express themselves and invite the public to join the procurement process. Foster alliances between change makers, civil society, government and companies to develop new strategies for public space and enhanced accountability. Counter shrinking civic space by supporting alliances that facilitate evidence-based policy influencing and scale successful transparency and accountability initiatives.
Objectives/Goals
Empower citizens to claim their rights. Promote the realisation of effective service delivery and accountable, equitable distribution of resources through participatory governance. Institutionalize a sustainable culture of social inclusion through policy frameworks and budgetary decisions.
Current StatusActive: Looking for support or collaboration
OGP Commitment [+Updated narrative note, including dates, links to blogs, stories, etc]

Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana

Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana

  Government Civil Society Civil Society Civil Society Civil Society Hivos Hub
LOCI Participant organizationIsaac Aidoo
Development Planning Officer & CoST Manager
Solomon Kusi Ampofo
Natural Resource & Governance Coordinator
Aziz Mahmoud
Project Manager
Mildred Siabi-Mensah
Chief Reporter - Ghana News Agency
Ken Kpodo
Project Manager
Stephanie Muchai
LOCI Participant Organization Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan AssemblyFriends of the Nation (FoN)City Wide Settlement Upgrading FundGhana Journalist Association - Western Region BranchRural AID Alliance FoundationHivos East Africa
Participants role
Infrastructure transparency at the local level. Building capacity of CSOs and community leaders to enhance citizen participation and social accountability

Catalyse action for sustainable natural resource management and healthy environments and provide services to communities and institutions through knowledge transfer, research, capacity-building, networking, and advocacy.

To develop relevant articles, news items and features on pertinent issues under consideration for the sake of the general public in creating awareness and better understanding of issues for effective public-assembly engagement and results.

Promote equitable access to services and goods among rural communities and persons affected by conflict/disaster. To provide access to health information to rural communities through advocacy, empowerment, service delivery while addressing the underlying health determinants.

Support infomediaries (artists, journalists, techies, activists, and creative entrepreneurs) efforts to express themselves and invite the public to join the procurement process. Foster alliances between change makers, civil society, government and companies to develop new strategies for public space and enhanced accountability. Counter shrinking civic space by supporting alliances that facilitate evidence-based policy influencing and scale successful transparency and accountability initiatives.
Objectives/Goals
Learn more about trust-building; engage more with learning networks; link with peers and experts. To build rural systems and institutionalized mechanisms to address underlying determinants and barriers on access to services for vulnerable communities. To build the capacity of vulnerable communities so that they contribute to their national, regional thus contributing to international development agendas. To bridge the gap between rural communities and national, regional and international development agencies.
Current StatusActive: Looking for support or collaboration
OGP Commitment [+Updated narrative note, including dates, links to blogs, stories, etc]

Kigoma, Tanzania

Kigoma, Tanzania

  Government Civil Society Hivos Hub
LOCI ParticipantsHussein Ruhava
Mayor Kigoma Ujiji Municipality
Aidan Eyakuze
Executive Director - East Africa
Stephanie Muchai
LOCI Participant organizationMunicipal Government of KigomaTwawezaHivos East Africa
Participant Roles
Fiscal transparency and public access to information in relation to health, water and sanitation, education, and land use.

Seek to enhance ‘citizen agency,’ by which we mean the ability of men, women and young people to get better information more quickly, cheaply and reliably; monitor and discuss what’s going on; speak out; and act to make a difference. enable many more people to enjoy quality basic education, health care and clean water. Enable many more people to enjoy quality basic education, health care and clean water.

Support infomediaries (artists, journalists, techies, activists, and creative entrepreneurs) efforts to express themselves and invite the public to join the procurement process. Foster alliances between change makers, civil society, government and companies to develop new strategies for public space and enhanced accountability. Counter shrinking civic space by supporting alliances that facilitate evidence-based policy influencing and scale successful transparency and accountability initiatives.
Objectives/Goals
Fiscal transparency and public access to information in relation to health, water and sanitation, education, and land use.
Current StatusActive: Looking for support or collaboration
OGP Commitment [+Updated narrative note, including dates, links to blogs, stories, etc]