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Local Governments Commit to Continue Collaboration with MADANI CSO Partners.

Oct 12, 2023

Collaborative governance brings together state and non-state actors and harnesses local knowledge to resolve complex development issues through collective decision-making.

In September 2023, during the final weeks of their contracts with USAID-MADANI, 16 local CSO partners organized a final round of collaborative governance workshops. After a series of successful CSO Innovation Festivals in July and August 2023 showcasing the work that civil society is doing in each district, the aim of these workshops was to get commitments from local governments and private sector representatives to continue their collaboration with the MADANI CSOs. Results from the workshops include:

    • In Boyolali (Central Java), participants agreed to continue to support the local health innovation initiative to strengthen a community-based approach to revitalizing the Ministry of Health’s Maternal and Child Health Alert Village program. After replicating the program in 25 villages in 2023, for a total of 1.5 billion rupiah (USD $100,000), the District Health Office will allocate 200 million rupiah (USD $13,000) in 2024 to the FORMMAD Learning Forum. The money will go towards mentoring and training community cadres in the 25 villages, as well as launching a new initiative dubbed the “Caring for Babies and Mothers Movement.”
    • In Sumenep (East Java), during the workshop, an agreement was formalized to continue replicating the community-based program to strengthen Village Owned Enterprises (BUMDes) through more inclusive community forums. The participants also decided that the collaboration between Lead Partner Lakpesdam NU, Learning Forum members, and local government agencies, , will continue under the USAID ERAT program, which advocates for BUMDES regulations at the district level.
    • In Bulukumba (South Sulawesi), a Memorandum of Agreement was signed between Learning Forum members and the local government to scale up existing multi-stakeholder maternal and child health community forums. Lead Partner PDNA Bulukumba was also encouraged to apply for funding from the Bulukumba branch of the National Alms Agency (BAZNAS) to mentor other local CSOs to improve the CSOs’ organizational development, such as resource mobilization and management procedures, through PDNA Bulukumba’s new “CSO Development Facilitation and Consultation Program” (SITOMAS).