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Good Governance & Human Rights

Limited citizens’ awareness of their rights, roles and responsibilities is caused by limited citizens’ civic
knowledge, low attitude change, low civic competence, skills and capacity to demand for service
delivery, hold leaders for accountability, influence decision making processes, monitor service delivery
and oversee the functioning of government. Inadequate platforms for engagement between the citizens
and the leaders for consultations, information sharing and accountability play a contributory role in
limited citizens’ awareness. Limited citizens’ awareness of their rights, roles and responsibilities has led
to poor service delivery, poor accountability practices with high levels of corruptible tendencies
resulting from low levels of citizen participation in service delivery processes. The systems in place do
not allow effectiveness of the right to information and/or citizens’ freedom of expression. There are
increased levels of crime rates perpetuating human rights violation with inadequate knowledge among
citizens of where to report in order to access redress. Avenues for information sharing, dissemination
and consultations between the citizens and leaders are lacking thereby creating a gap between the
citizens and their leaders. This has created citizens’ suspicion in their leaders’ actions. There is no trust
built between the citizens and leaders and this has caused leaders to withhold information from the
citizens. Participation of citizens in the planning, design, development and implementation of
government programmes is lacking and the programmes do not address the needs and concerns of
citizens which has reduced citizens’ ownership of such government programmes.

Women and girls are heavily affected by the problem as it exposes them to increased levels of physical
and economic violence and gender-based violence perpetuated by socio-economic factors with
minimum knowledge of where to report and seek redress. It further affects the youth, men and people
with special inabilities whose participation in service delivery processes is limited and therefore, their
views are not taken in service delivery programming. Widows, widowers and orphans are affected by
the problem in that their rights to access, use and own property arising from their limited awareness of
their rights over property ownership. The long and costly legal procedures and processes compounded
with corruption within the security and judicial systems disadvantage the vulnerable to access legal
redress. It is these such problems that CODI sets itself to conduct civic education to reduce
circumstances that exacerbate physical violence, economic violence, emotional violence and sexual and
gender-based violence. The citizens’ awareness of their rights, roles and responsibilities can build their
civic competence to defend their rights and gain empowerment to demand for quality public services
from their leaders. Citizens’ participation and involvement in planning, designing, development and
implementation of service delivery programmes can decrease poor service delivery, reduce corruption
and people to have access to justice.