Municipal Development Counselling (MUDEC) Group .:: MUDEC GROUP ::.
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    • Reducing poverty in our municipalities through encouraging gender equality and increasing citizen (End User) participation in democratic and governance processes.

MUDEC Group & Collaborate on Gender Mainstreaming since 2010

MUDEC Group & Collaborate on Gender Mainstreaming since 2010.
In 2005, MUDEC Group was contracted by the Local Government Training Centre (CEFAM) to conduct a Gender Audit of Local Councils, Supervisory Authorities and Partners in Cameroon. The main objective was to highlight the functioning of local councils within the context of decentralization, identify gender gaps and propose recommendations to close these gaps. Based on the validated findings at CEFAM campus in 2006, an action plan was elaborated which amongst others called for the search of development partners whose agenda also focuses on gender mainstreaming. Within this framework and since October 2010, MUDEC Group which is a Local Capacity Builder (local Support Organization) and a Service Provider with a niche in participatory processes in development has been collaborating with the European Union (EU) on various aspects of gender mainstreaming within the ongoing decentralization process in local councils within the South West Region in Cameroon.
Specifically, MUDEC secured assistance from the EU Civil Society Restructuring Program (PASOC) for implementation of the Project to Institutionalize Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) in six (06) pilot councils within the South West Region. These councils included Buea (Fako Division), Kumba I (Meme Division), Ekondo Titi (Ndian Division), Menji (Lebialem Division), Nguti (Kupe Mwanenguba Division) and Tinto (Manyu Division). Key activities included the organization of Popular Gender Audits (advocacy and lobbying) that resulted in the adoption of Municipal Deliberations bearing on GRB in 2011.
As a follow-up, MUDEC secured further assistance from the EU sponsored Civil Society Strengthening Program (PASC) in 2013 after a participatory project was jointly elaborated by female elected officials (decision makers) and beneficiary groups of council services to add value and up-the-stakes of gender mainstreaming in local councils. The project to Institutionalize Financing for Gender Equality (F4GE) in councils of South West Region was implemented from December 2013 to May 2015 with key activities included to conduct a study on the rate of implementation of Municipal Deliberations, document the findings and propose strategies for addressing identified gaps.
 Objectives of the study:
i) To ascertain the degree of implementation of Municipal Decisions bearing on GRB in pilot councils.
ii) To determine the challenges encountered by councils in engendering their budgets.
iii) To propose solutions to identified gaps.
 The Scope (6 councils) : Persons reached included Mayors, Female Deputy Mayors, Committee Chairpersons, and Councilors, Secretaries General, Female Municipal Treasurers, Female Development and Finance Agents, Finance Officers, Beneficiaries of Council Services, Council collaborators including MINPROFF, MINEPAT, MINAS, MINADER… etc.
 Findings :
a) What Council Authorities say that they do in terms of GRB is not what is practiced (process and consultations).
b) Councils do not have Gender Disaggregated Data on planning, implantation, monitoring & evaluation of council activities. Basic gender information is limited to Women Day, Labour Day, Youth Holiday Employment, Scholarships to Youths.
c) Council staff do not master the skills to engender the budget (see Mayors’ Action Plans, & munities of issues raised during committee deliberations)
d) Key collaborators / partners (MINPROFF, MINEPAT, MINAS, and PNDP) do not insist on Gender Disaggregation for council activities. They either lack the knowledge or the will. They might even be gender blind.
e) Beneficiaries of council activities are either unaware or nonchalant on the need to track the gender composition of council activities.
 Major concerns from the field:
 Challenges to access information from Councils and Supervisory Authorities.
 Train Non State Actors (women, youth, and persons with disabilities) on how to make use of the recently created Administrative Courts to seek redress to gender gaps.
 The need for a minimum qualification for being a Councillor / Mayor.
 Proposed Suggestions :
1) Create & Support Functional Women Foundations for Inclusive Governance (WOFIG) in all municipalities in the region. These foundations will sustain the sensitization of the population and maintain regular advocacy for GRB in councils.
2) Hold regular consultations (may be quarterly) between the Council Executive, SG, MT, and executives of WOFIG. The objectives will centre on planning, review and evaluation of GRB.
3) Create & maintain a data base on Council Funding for Gender Equality.
4) Develop a Draft Gender Policy for Local Councils & submit to competent organizations such as UN Women, MINPROFF, for deliberations and ultimate submission to the House of Senate for adoption.
Based on the findings, MUDEC Group and Partners engaged activities designed to implement proposed suggestions 1 and 3 above. Precisely, MUDEC Group facilitated the formation and functioning of Gender Platforms in councils of the region. These platforms included Gender Committees as mandated in the National Gender Policy of Cameroon and Women Foundations for Inclusive Governance (WOFIG). The former platform comprises all female councilors and strategically placed male councilors who have since been coached on reviewing the council budget with a gender lens before it is presented on the floor for deliberation and adoption. The latter platform comprises grass root women of all socio cultural and professional backgrounds who have been coached on advocacy and lobbying for the inclusion of their felt needs into the annual council budget deliberations. Several councils have expressed the desire for inclusion into the program while MUDEC solicits further collaboration from other partners active in practical gender mainstreaming.

MUDEC raises the Bar on the GRB Agenda in Councils.
MUDEC and UN Women agree to move the GRB Agenda form Theory in Workshops to Advocacy & Lobbying in the field. Between March 2013 and February 2014, the UN Women in New York collaborated with MUDEC Group to effectively put the gender equation on the decision making tables of local councils in the South West Region of Cameroon. The project supported was light enough to fly but heavy enough for impact. T-shirts, fliers and placards carrying various messages on the felt needs of women and youth were produced and disseminated , ICT and social media tools were engaged bringing together University and High School students through GRB Yahoo groups and text message contacts. Thousands of women and youths participated in Popular Public Manifestations designed to heighten awareness on the need to use the council budget as a gender planning and project realization tool. (please see final report on F4GE on publications on this site).

MUDEC & Kombo Itindi Council (KIC) Further Collaboration.
Mudec and the KIC have been working since the early days of decentralization..
 The Communal Development Plan (CDP), the Midterm Expenditure Framework (MITEF) and the Annual Investment Plans (AIP) are products of this long standing partnership which have also nurtured building the capacities of Community Based Organizations (CBO), Faith Based Organizations (FBO), Socio-professional women and youth groups, persons living with special needs.
 Solicitation & Provision of Felt Humanitarian Goods to Widows, widowers, street children especially girls, children of HIV/AIDS / Tuberculosis..
 The KIC and MUDEC are on a convention to seek way and means of securing assistance for the needy within the municipality..

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