Central Equatoria State seeks support from JICA to strengthen local governance
The Minister of Local Government and Law Enforcement in Central Equatoria State, Moro Geneso, met with the Senior Advisor of JICA Japan, along with her team and Representatives in Juba, to discuss how Japan can assist in building strong local governance in South Sudan.
During the meeting, Moro Geneso briefed them on the ongoing development of a comprehensive Local Government Framework in Central Equatoria State, which focuses on community participation, collaboration with local authorities, and support for local communities to identify their strengths to embark on specialized production and initiation of projects to raise the quality of life of local people.
Moro Geneso proposed capacity building in governance and leadership for all local government and community stakeholders, which includes revenue collection and management, institutional linkages, peacebuilding and peacekeeping, accountability, project planning and management, and civic education.
Additionally, he proposed an integrated local governance system within selected states by JICA, with Central Equatoria State being the model state and the best example in terms of local government function. Such an initiative would enhance development and citizens’ trust in their government.
The visit by JICA Japan and its representatives is a welcome development for South Sudan, which has been undergoing a difficult transition period in the aftermath of its civil conflict and economic instability. The initiative is expected to bring about meaningful changes and support in building capacity and strengthening local governance in the country.
The State and Local Government in South Sudan are widely seen as a key pillars for the delivery of public services to the citizens of the country. Therefore, strengthening the local government framework and capacity building in governance and leadership will go a long way in rebuilding the economy post-conflict, and bring about a sustainable future for the country.
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