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Voice of the voiceless : Learning from SORADI’s project to strengthen accountability in Hargeisa

Although citizens’ ability to seek accountability from Hargeisa Local Council is highly constrained, SORADI’s evidence-based, coalition-building model provides some clues as to what an effective approach might look like. Diverse, highly-networked, inclusive groups of citizens can work together to design and implement advocacy strategies, creating positive momentum for change. However, the development of capable, accountable and responsive authorities requires a step-change in the quality of the Councillors, who are responsible for leadership and oversight. Although it is too early to measure impact, valuable lessons have been learnt along the way.

Emma Grant

Social Development Direct