A sustainable Joint Working Group in Ng’hahelezi community.

12th March 2021

This Joint Working Group is sustainable, and we would like to see it continue operating in the future. It evident now that this Group has proven to be effective in our community and I think when we face another social challenge that affects the community, we believe that we have experienced people whom we have elected to represent us. Restuta, Community member, Ng’ahelezi.

Joint Working Group in Ng’hahelezi village located in Chamwino district, Dodoma have continued working together to support their own community. The main role of the joint group is to hold meetings and find solutions to challenges identified by Community Monitors. In Ng’ahelezi, the MKAJI (Maji kwa Afya ya Jamii) project was not completed due to a lack of funds. The community members lacked enough water in the dispensary which led to poor sanitation around the dispensary. Patients especially pregnant women faced difficulties during labor, this problem has lasted for a year since 2018.

How did the Joint Working Group find a solution?

The Joint Working Group was formed as part of the CIB Approach to strengthen accountability and transparency in village government systems – this means that all project-related challenges are identified through monitoring and brought to the table to find solutions. In Ng’ahelezi, the Joint Group formed has 14 members including one female living with disabilities (9 male, 5 female). There were several meetings and feedback in the community which did not bring any success until the Joint Working Group decided to request support from an International NGO called Idea Universal which focuses on supporting the sustainable development goals in developing countries. The Joint Working Group was able to recommend finishing the MKAJI project. The finishing involved building more water taps installations, more pipes installed from water tank to dispensary – this allows many people to get water at the right time.

The Joint Working Group was responsible to mobilise the community to engage and support the NGO to complete the project, the community members supported labor work like digging pipe channels, moving bricks, squeezing water buckets, and so on. All these activities were done by members of the community and the Joint Groups. The Joint Group played a vital role in the achievement of this project at the end.

A member of a joint working group participating in project work. Photo credit: Idea Universal organization.

Water is now accessible in the community dispensary and the entire community – which was a challenge back then, the joint working group at Ng’ahelezi has successfully taken a lead to ensure that the challenge has been resolved. Raleigh Tanzania spoke to the Village Chairperson about the work done by the Joint Working Group, he said.

‘’ It is encouraging to see a community finds solutions to their own challenges, we lacked enough water in our dispensaries and households, we can not thank enough MKAJI project for starting this project although it was not complete, the efforts done by the Joint Group has paid off now after requesting another NGO to fund this project and we are now happy with the outcomes.’’

The Community Monitors in Ng’ahelezi will continue to monitor the project using the Community Integrity Building Approach. The Chairperson agreed that it is their responsibility to make sure that the project is monitored, and everyone is engaged in the process.

This Joint Working Group is sustainable, and we would like to see it continue operating in the future. It evident now that this Group has proven to be effective in our community and I think when we face another social challenge that affects the community, we believe that we have experienced people whom we have elected to represent us. Restuta, Community member, Ng’ahelezi.

Raleigh Tanzania’s Social Accountability through Youth project with the support from the community leaders has formed 179 Joint Working Groups across 12 districts in 3 regions of Dodoma, Morogoro, and Iringa. The CIB (Community Integrity Building Approach) used in the project has proven to be effective and communities are able to resolve their own challenges. Find out more via Integrity Action’s website

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The SAY project is delivered by Raleigh Tanzania in partnership with Integrity Action and is funded by a four-year grant from UK Aid Direct. Do you want to learn more about Social Accountability and CIB approach? Do you want to be involved in project monitoring and establishing a Joint Working Group? Please download a free toolkit from Raleigh Tanzania

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