How SABI Accountable Governance Pathways Paved the Way

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Stakeholders in ward 46 in Nongowa Chiefdom, Kenema District have engaged the District Chairman of the Kenema District Council and Directorate of the Ministry of water resources to rehabilitate the Dam to resolve the inadequate water supply in schools and communities in the ward. A problem which existed for 2 years.

Schools and health facilities in Largo and Mano Junction were mostly affected by the shortage of water supply. This challenge led to an increase in diarrhea, typhoid, cholera and pupils walk about 45 yards from the community centre to fetch water. Also, people in Largo and Mano Junction communities had low knowledge of citizens’ rights, entitlement and responsibility. This was clearly recorded during the 2018 citizen perception survey, and subsequently captured in the ward action plan.

Youth Accountability Volunteers Explained How the Accountable Governance Pathways Work.

SEND Sierra Leone and Restless Development Youth Accountability Volunteers engaged Largo and Mano Junction communities, with a copy of the accountable governance pathways, which explains how their problem directly connects to stakeholders at various levels, and most importantly highlighted the appropriate structures that are in place to oversee health services in the district. This helped stakeholders including; ward Councillor, Section Chief, Paramount Chief and District Council Chairman in Largo and Mano Junction to raise concerns on the inadequate water supply problem in their community.

This led to an engagement with the Deputy Director of the Ministry of Water Resources, by representatives of Largo and Mano Junction communities to act on the problem. The ministry acknowledge the visit, and commended the Councillor, Section Chief, Paramount Chief and District Council Chairman for presenting a plan that enables them to visualize the problem.

Community Engagement

On the 20th of October 2019, a team from the Ministry of Water Resources, headed by the district chairman visited Largo and Mano Junction communities, to assess the problem. After two weeks, plans were put into action, and the Dam was rehabilitated.

Water resources and taps were installed to ensure citizens have access to clean water supply. Currently, schools and health facility have been accessing adequate water supply in Largo, Mano Junction and other surrounding communities in the ward.

Since the rehabilitation of the Dam, the challenges of getting clean drinking water has reduced. School pupils have access to clean drinking water in their school and clients at the health facility also have access to adequate water supply.

SABI teaches us how to fish so we can do it on our own. This Accountable Governance Pathways has opened our eyes  to a new way of solving problems in this community. – Janet Kallon, WDC member in Largo community.

SABI’s work with communities has highlighted the lack of clarity for citizens regarding the accountable governance structures that are in place to oversee education and health service delivery in Sierra Leone.  This uncertainty makes it difficult for citizens to raise concerns relating to service delivery, and as such is a key inhibitor to citizens engaging with the state. The SABI accountability governance pathways motivated ward stakeholders to take leadership.

Through it all, a key learning for people in ward 46 in Nongowa Chiefdom, Kenema District, is that communities have the power to drive sustainable change themselves.