MADANI CSO Festivals Celebrate Civil Society’s Contributions to Regional Development.
In July 2023, USAID MADANI is holding a series of “CSO Innovation Festivals” in its 31 target districts across six provinces to showcase and promote civil society’s local innovations and their contributions to regional development.
These events aim to increase awareness and understanding in government, the private sector, and the local community of local CSOs’ work. Government agencies and local businesses are providing financial and other cost-share contributions that in most cases double that of the project’s funding for them. Each of the festivals is uniquely tailored to the local context and includes a combination of CSO marketplace exhibitions, community arts performances, and talk shows on regional development, all highlighting how working together with civil society can deliver results. All events have been opened by senior high-ranking government officials, in some cases directly by the Regent or Mayor, and have often garnered several hundred participants. In many districts, these events have celebrated memorandums of understanding that have been signed between local businesses and philanthropies and MADANI’s CSO partners to support civil society activities, such as in Luwu Utara where the National Alms Agency (Baznas) awarded a grant to the local Association of People with Disabilities, or in Brebes where an MoU was signed between a local business and local CSOs to provide supplementary nutrition for vulnerable pregnant women. Participating district governments have provided very positive feedback thus far, and many wish to repeat these events annually. MADANI will follow-up on this year’s festivals in August 2023 with a final round of Collaborative Governance Workshops, which will be the last MADANI event in each district, with the objective of locking in commitments from local government and private sector entities to continue supporting the innovations and important work that CSOs are doing after MADANI ends.