Growing on lessons learned in Niger
UNCDF and its partners intervene in the Mayahi and Nguigmi department since 2000 through local development programmes.
They have opened a certain number of worksites that the current PADEL program offers to follow up. Among these, we can notice:
- Setting up of public investments under the project ownership of the local governments with a specific targeted linked to food security.
- Promotion of productive initiatives in favour of the vulnerable groups and the promotion of gender.
- Cleaning up of the recovery chain.
- Efficient advocacy to favour the transfer of equalization funds or achieve harmonious partnerships with the technical services and the NGOs operating for the municipality.
These interventions have shown the necessity to make a more economic shift to the support of local development in order to improve at the same time the living conditions of the populations but also to raise the revenues of the municipalities through an increase of their fiscal revenue. Thus, the current program relies on a certain number of successes that have participated to the success of previous PADELs:
- Quality of the grassroots democratization approach and the involvement of the actors whatever their ethnical belonging, level of marginalization.
- Choice of the stakeholders within the teams and the NGO’s managers to the starting of the actions that have always kept in mind their counselling-support role.
- Accountability of the municipalities in the choice and operationalization of the investments.
- Self-evaluation mechanisms, of monitoring for the objective of putting in practice transparency, the circulation of information and accountability.
- Positive involvement of the traditional holders of power, despite the diverging interests, reservations and lack of understanding.
- Focus placed on the necessary literacy of the concerned actors, women and elected representatives.
To succeed, the UNCDF experience has revealed that the local action must be multifunctional, multipartners and multi-level. For PADEL, this alliance results in the obligation to:
- Maintain at the same time the national and institutional level and the more operational local level.
- Involve the public and private actors.
- Favour an integration of the efforts of the decentralized governments and the devolved services.
- Take into account from the start of the needs, interests and the collaborations of all the groups.
- Conduct targeted actions that takes into account all the aspects of territorial development.
- Design actions that construct around the other levels of public action (national, regional, local).
- Encourage all the partners to share their experiences.
- Set-up a monitoring system in which all the local actors participate.