15 March 2018

Ethiopia: Ministry to Recognize Best Villages

Ministry of Urban Development and Housing proposes national competition where Ethiopian villages would contest to be crowned as 'the best village'.

The proposal is prepared and waits the ratification by the higher cabinet of the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing.

Ministry Community Participation and Decentralization Director Mengsteab Teklu told The Ethiopian Herald that villages in the country will compete to get national recognition and other accolades.

The first and very important purpose of the competition is to recognize and reward the efforts of the community. "You have to at least recognize the aspiration of the community to be part of their village's development," Mengsteab explained adding that it secondly motivates the others to work hard and stand together with the government in development efforts.

Furthermore it aims to create a sense of belongingness. "We want the people to know everything done by the government belongs to them. Finally, it helps us to evaluate bad and good sides in our policy implementation and help us to create a very clear, visible and open policy" the Director stressed.

"The criteria we employ in the competition include the level of Community Participation in the development projects of the villages, cleanliness and greenery, peace and security of the village and effectiveness of social service delivery and protection of infrastructures in the villages"

According to the Director, the competition follows the down-top approaches where villages selected best at lower level will have a competition at their own region. The Ministry collecting the result from all regions will conduct a national competition and would officially recognize the winners.

It was also learnt that the ministry is working to ensure that 30 per cent of any government development project will be covered by the community.


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