The Rwanda Governance Board (RGB) in partnership with the ministry of local government (Minaloc) will organize the Governance Month for the third time from January 22 until March 15.
According to Fatuma Ndangiza, the deputy director general at RGB, the Governance Month seeks to reinforce citizen participation in governance through governance clinics, policy debates, participatory community development initiatives, as well as music, sports and poetry competitions. Debates concerning governance will also be held at schools. The month will also be marked by the launch of the national service for youth, celebrating decentralization achievements, governance clinics, open days and local economic development activities.
"These activities center on strengthening good governance for prosperity and sustainable development," said Ndangiza. "We want to focus on governance for production; we want every Rwandan to know that the country will not develop without their own contribution."
She said that governance for production will be enhanced through sensitizing people to join credit and saving cooperatives (Saccos) and other development programs to make Rwanda more self-reliant. "The youth will be supporting that cause through the national service (Urugerero) which will be launched with the governance week, as way of participating in the country's rebuilding process by the youth. In their national service, they'll be helping the community assess the level of illiteracy, building cell and sector offices and help building households for the most vulnerable citizens," Ndangiza said.
She pointed out that among the achievements of last year's Governance Month, good governance clubs were created in most of Rwanda's higher learning institutions, and the public-private partnership in governance issues was commendable. She added that, through governance clinics, leaders from RGB received over 2300 problems raised by the people, which were mainly linked to land problems, and 85% were solved. "This showed us that the Governance Month is paying off, we hope to try and solve as many issues as possible, in partnership with the ombudsman and local leaders."
Vincent Munyeshyaka, the permanent secretary in Minaloc, said that there are many themes to be discussed throughout the Governance Month, among which self-reliance, developmental activities, service delivery as a way towards a good-governed community and the role of citizens in maintaining security. "But the main issue will be how all Rwandans can work for our country's benefits - 'Governance for Production.' One of the key benefits of good governance is the increase of production and a satisfied population. That's what we have to achieve," he said.
The Governance Month will be launched by the Prime Minister in Rwamagana District on January 22. A high-level meeting that aims at evaluating the outcome and related activities is scheduled to take place on March 15, and will mark the official closing of the governance month.