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STRATEGIC PRIORITIES:

Given the CYI's mission and the following the strategic analysis, are identified as the key areas from which CYI will draw more specific action plans.

POLICY RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND ADVOCACY:

Programme addressing policy research, development and advocacy focusing on local government, public administration reform and public policy issues. CYI will develop policy studies, initiates and supports operational projects in various policy areas of good governance and public sector reform with a view to:

Government and Governance

  • Public Administration and legislative reform
  • Ethnic, multicultural and inclusive policies
  • Transparency, anti-corruption and ethics
  • Political and administrative Accountability

Intergovernmental Relation

  • Regionalization, Intermediary level of government
  • Reforms of Intergovernmental finances
  • Sub-national governments finances
  • Municipal financial Management

Public Service Management

  • Managing local Economic and regional development
  • Public- Private Sector partnership in urban development
  • Rural Economic Development Initiative

Accountability in exploitation and distribution of natural resources

  • Mineral resources- their exploitation should be to the benefit of local populace
  • Forestry and wildlife
  • Water
  • Land

INSTITUTION CAPACITY BUILDING:

CYI needs to develop further the capacity to carry out its stated mandate. To effectively meet such expectations, CYI will need to expand and strengthen its organizational capacity by, among other activities working together with other stakeholders, responding to the need of stakeholders and disseminating and sharing information.

Networking

  • In relation to these issues, networking will help to raise awareness among policy maker in DRC and for sustainable network of institution and professional organization engaged in policy design, advocacy and implementation.

Technical Assistance and Consultancy

  • The program will focus and encourage research and policy analysis, support Education and Training of public administration officials and local training institutions, promote local and rural economic development, support mediation and conflict reduction activities, and foster central and local government reform.

Education and Training

  • In cooperation with other organization in the region, CYI will hold courses in the fields of intergovernmental finance and local financial management; urban management of multi-ethnic communities. CYI will support and conduct workshops, seminars, and research on local government reform, launching symposium on fiscal decentralization, on housing policy issues, reform of fragmented local government structures, activities focusing on clarification of status of municipal property

PEACE INITIATIVES:

Over the last decades, conflicts in DRC have resulted in enormous losses of human lives and hampered economic growth. Empirical evidence shows that conflicts in DRC are fuelled by commercial interests derived within the political economy of war, weakness in governance, weak state structures, high levels of corruption in the public domain, negative exploitation of ethnicity, exclusionist policies and a general level of intolerance for differences. While it must be admitted that the State has a responsibility in provision and maintenance of security, the weaknesses outlined above reveal that such a

task can be undertaken through collaboration between State and Non-State actors. The civil society therefore needs to assume a more significant role in conflict prevention, management and resolution.

EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN AND YOUTH IN PEACE BUILDING:

Violent conflict is endemic in many African countries, and the number of internal conflicts is on the increase. While there have been many regional initiatives have lacked credibility and legitimacy. Peace building initiatives continue to be largely male dominated and women are often absent from conflict resolution processes.

CYI has involved and will involve actors who have been marginalized in peace initiatives in recognition of the fact that they have an important peacemaking role in society. Women and Youth, for instance, have traditionally been left out of the negotiation table in peace process, yet it is widely accepted that their vulnerability in times of conflicts is extremely high. The United Nations Council Resolution 1325 passed in year 2000 recognizes the need for full participation of women in peace processes and asserts that this can significantly contribute to maintenance of peace and promotion of international peace and security. Likewise, CYI acknowledges that effective peacemaking requires the careful and inclusive utilization of the potential of all peoples. Hence the role of women and youth and other marginalized groups need to be explored, exploited and or affirmed.

There is a need to increase women's participation in key decision-making positions at national and regional levels, and include women's participation in conflict resolution at the highest strategic levels, on peace missions and negotiations.

CYI works and prioritize the following:

•  Development of early warning mechanisms and post-conflict reconstruction mechanisms.

•  Building partnerships for information sharing, advocacy and campaigning on conflict prevention and conflict resolution.

•  Education and awareness raising on the role of women in peace building and conflict resolution.

•  Monitoring women's participation in conflict prevention and peace - building.

•  Exchange and mentoring programmes for women leaders working on conflict issues.

•  Capacity building for conflict resolution and training on conflict management skills.

IMPLEMENTATION PLAN:

The organization's greatest strengths will emanate from strategic partnership with State and Non-State actors across DRC and the Great Lakes Region. CYI will strengthen existing partnerships at national, regional and international levels. The partners include civil society organizations, civic leadership, state actors, intergovernmental bodies and international organizations. CYI will establish and acquire requisite communication tools in order to respond accurately and in timely manner.

CYI needs to run its programs in order to fulfill its missions and objectives, these programs will need adequate resources if these programs are to be relevant, timely and effective. CYI will develop a comprehensive resource mobilization strategy too, which will include the establishment of a donor roundtable.

CYI will focus on strengthening its position in order to fulfill its mission in the most effective way. The resource gaps identified as critical implementation to success will be filled through capacity building, strengthening of partnership and the development of information and communication strategies.

In all of CYI's projects a clear and comprehensive implementation and management plan will be put in place. The Plan will highlight the role and responsibilities of networking and stakeholders. Issues relating to sustainability will be addressed through resource mobilization strategies.

To ensure sustainability and ownership, participatory planning and implementation involving all stakeholders will be encouraged. ``Each project will formulate plans and develop appropriate tools for effective monitoring, evaluation and reporting.

In all programs, CYI will continue to observe the principle of equal opportunities. Deliberate emphasis will be placed on gender balance and attention directed at the most vulnerable members of society.

 
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