Development Research and Training (DRT) has been privileged to test this interesting community empowerment project that creates space for the urban poor to influence and positively participate in delivery of better public health services. Thanks to the Independent
Development Fund (IDF) who are funding this 18 month programme (January 2015 to June 2016) that has demonstrated that once communities are empowered,they can cause significant change.
Initial assessment before implementation of this project showed accountability gaps, and limited participation in planning and decision making by the poor urban dweller in health service delivery. This meant that people’s views and concerns were not considered
consequently resulting to implementation of non responsive health services.
Through building slum dwellers’ capacity to collectively advocate for their rights and interests, generating and use of information, and engaging in negotiations with their local leaders and government,we have started to witness improving living conditions inthe areas where the programme is being implemented