Through large governance programmes we have been supporting new spaces for dialogue between citizens and the state, and mobilising citizens and civil society to demand accountability from decision makers.
More than half of the organisations we have supported through the UK aid-funded £23m Strengthening Transparency, Accountability and Responsiveness programme (STAR-Ghana) have engaged with and influenced official decision-making bodies. For example, civil society groups developed a national campaign to address illegal mining and its economic and environmental effects: contributing to changes in the law.
In Sierra Leone, our Strengthening Accountability Building Inclusion (SABI) programme has fostered positive relationships between citizens and the state. Data collected by our consortium partner Restless Development shows that the programme has directly engaged over 44,000 people as change agents for improvements to service provision in their communities.
In Nigeria, the Voice to the People programme helped communities produce their own Charters of Demands as expressions of community need and demand for good governance, services and infrastructure. These demands are presented to local government and the planned budgets and services of the local district councils are followed up on and monitored by the community.
South Africa’s Parliament passed the country’s first-ever national minimum wage legislation in 2018. The Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII), a Christian Aid South Africa partner, directed the minimum wage negotiations as Community Constituency chief negotiator through discussions with the government, business and organised labour, achieving a higher rate than initially tabled.