Meet a few of our users

Our partners and users are local experts from local organisations, using the CIB approach together with their local knowledge to make real change in their communities.
Flory Kazingufu Founder and Coordinator, FOCHI

Flory started Fondation Chirezi (FOCHI) during a period when war and conflict ravaged his country.

From the outset, Flory believed that by giving a voice and a stage to those left destitute, voiceless and marginalised by the war, they could become the main actors in making, and changing, their country’s history.

FOCHI’s use of the Community Integrity Building approach to increase community competence and make people partners in the peacebuilding effort has already allowed communities to demand better services and start to rebuild and improve their lives by working together.

Sarita Bartaula President, Youth Initiative

Youth Initiative is a pioneering youth organization in Nepal that has been working in civic education, good governance and peacebuilding for the last 15 years. Youth Initiative believes that young people are the drivers of development and, by using the Community Integrity Building approach to empower young monitors to get involved in civic issues, good governance and peacebuilding, Youth Initiative have already seen significantly faster and better results from the development process. With improvements in the delivery of infrastructure projects and services due to young people’s involvement with local authorities, we expect to see exponential results from Youth Initiative as they move forward.

Kowsar Gowhari Head of Programs, IWA

Tackling pervasive corruption in a country that also struggles with insecurity and with a lack of stability might sound like an impossible dream. However, using the Community Integrity Building approach, IWA has been able to solve this intractable problem. Directly involving citizens in monitoring government activities has resulted in exceptional achievements for IWA when it comes to improving services for citizens and boosting transparency and integrity within both Afghan society and the government.

HOW DO WE WORK WITH OUR USERS

Why are local NGOs and CSOs the primary users of DevelopmentCheck ?

Local NGOs and CSOs work directly with the communities to whom we want to give a voice. DevelopmentCheck can provide local and national organisations with a way to hear directly from the communities they work with about the key issues relating to any project.

Local organisations are best-placed to support local communities in providing training to communities, helping to support the ongoing use of DevelopmentCheck to meet community goals and in creating long-term impact.

How does one become a DevelopmentCheck user?

DevelopmentCheck can be used by a wide variety of organisations, including NGOs, community based organisations, faith-based organisations, women and youth groups.

The ideal user of DevelopmentCheck is

  • An organisation with staff who have a passion for their communities and that may be frustrated with the current poor quality of projects and services in their community or region.
  • Someone who has experience with social accountability methods or a willingness to learn about Community Integrity Building.

Individual community monitors play a central role in our process, but we recommend that they get support from an organisation. The approach and tool isn’t well suited for individual concerned citizens because we try to support organisations working on larger projects and services. There are too many challenges involved in trying to tackle such projects single-handedly.

Who would not use DevelopmentCheck?

DevelopmentCheck should not be used directly by a service provider. If you are an organisation building roads in rural areas, for example, it would not be appropriate for you to implement and use DevelopmentCheck directly. But we welcome partnerships with contractors, government agencies and donors who are interested in making sure that their projects deliver as intended.

If you are an organisation involved in community-based monitoring and you would like to use DevelopmentCheck, please email info@integrityaction.org for more information on the tool and the necessary preliminary training.

What kind of relationship do you have with your users ?

Without our partners and users - and their dedicated staff - we know that our work towards improving development outcomes would be a much slower process. Our Programme Team communicates with our partners every week, and we offer ongoing support to all of our users. This support includes training, quality assurance and technical assistance to ensure they are comfortable using DevelopmentCheck. With a strong network of partners and users, we are often able to connect users to one and other at the right time, in order to facilitate learning.

What does Integrity Action expect from users ?

All DevelopmentCheck users are expected to regularly input data onto DevelopmentCheck and play their part in the quality assurance process. Users are expected to train the monitors they work with so that those monitors understand the importance of regular, good quality data and understand how to enter evidence-based findings into DevelopmentCheck in support of their community monitoring. We expect our users to respect the values of accountability and transparency and to work closely with local communities, leaders, governments, monitors and even engineers to accomplish lasting change.

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