Tue. Nov 19th, 2019

Clinic held in Aimeliik to boost citizen engagement in governance

A clinic to boost citizen engagement in local governance was held in Aimeliik and as of Tuesday this week and the turn out for the clinic was about 50 to 60 people.

The purpose of this clinic was to increase the understanding of local residents on the roles and responsibilities of central and local governments.

This is the third series of local governance clinics made possible through the Palau Local Governance Strengthening Project (PLGSP) which is jointly funded by the Government of Palau and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

In the past, two similar clinics were held in Melekeok and Hatohobei.

“Citizens need to feel confident on where, when and how they can participate on various government processes as well as services provided by local governments and in the same breath, it is also important for local government institutions to be prepared to facilitate citizen engagement,” Director for Bureau of Domestic Affairs, Eunice Akiwo said.

Dwight Alexander, Project Officer, Palau Local Government Support Project said that the turn was less than what was expected as a lot of women were at Mechesil Belau on the day of the clinic.

Alexander added that culturally respect is embedded in the Palauan way of life and the program looks at making government accountability accessible to everyone by making people aware of their rights.

“Prior to these clinics, consultations were held with Governors, State Legislatures, various community facilitators, key informants, state government staff and technical advisors to gather relevant information about the current levels of awareness of citizens with respect to governance and related aspects to validate the objectives of the clinics,” Akiwo said.

She added, “Effective local governance is essential for improving quality of life, reducing inequality in all its forms, and enhancing relations between people and public institutions.”

A clinic to boost citizen engagement in local governance was held in Aimeliik and as of Tuesday this week and the turn out for the clinic was about 50 to 60 people.

The purpose of this clinic was to increase the understanding of local residents on the roles and responsibilities of central and local governments.

This is the third series of local governance clinics made possible through the Palau Local Governance Strengthening Project (PLGSP) which is jointly funded by the Government of Palau and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

In the past, two similar clinics were held in Melekeok and Hatohobei.

“Citizens need to feel confident on where, when and how they can participate on various government processes as well as services provided by local governments and in the same breath, it is also important for local government institutions to be prepared to facilitate citizen engagement,” Director for Bureau of Domestic Affairs, Eunice Akiwo said.

Dwight Alexander, Project Officer, Palau Local Government Support Project said that the turn was less than what was expected as a lot of women were at Mechesil Belau on the day of the clinic.

Alexander added that culturally respect is embedded in the Palauan way of life and the program looks at making government accountability accessible to everyone by making people aware of their rights.

“Prior to these clinics, consultations were held with Governors, State Legislatures, various community facilitators, key informants, state government staff and technical advisors to gather relevant information about the current levels of awareness of citizens with respect to governance and related aspects to validate the objectives of the clinics,” Akiwo said.

She added, “Effective local governance is essential for improving quality of life, reducing inequality in all its forms, and enhancing relations between people and public institutions.” (By Eshan Kalyanikar)