On request of the Ministry of Urban Development, as an important project partner, PERFORM supported an evaluation of previous local development plans, which served as a starting point toward designing an appropriate methodology for community consultation to be used in drafting of the new plans. The evaluation results indicated the most common pitfalls hindering community participation, and recommendations and tools for overcoming them.
Subsequently, PERFORM supported the design of a community participation methodology that incorporated best practices while addressing the local context. The underlying aim was to have local plans that were more responsive to citizens’ needs, giving them a higher sense of ownership, and a tool for requesting accountability. The methodology design process was closely coordinated with the Ministry of Urban Development.
Additionally, several interviews were organised with the staff of subordinate agencies, which, along with municipalities, are the bodies responsible for ensuring that communities are duly consulted in the drafting of local development plans.
Particularly, insights gained through interviews with the staff of five out of eleven directorates of the Ministry were used to identify institutional impediments in using research evidence and collaborating with the social science research sector, and to produce a set of recommendations that would help the Ministry address these barriers in the future.