The Zinduka Programme: Knowledge and understaning for policy engagement.
(Zinduka means wake up or be aware in Kiswahili) This programme promotes public education to create knowledge and understanding of poverty issues in communities in which Hakikazi works directly and also nationwide.Our focus is on providing information about citizenry rights, roles and responsibilities to marginalized and vulnerable communities, facilitating village level discourse on key issues and providing a platform for continued dialogue and local information sharing. Feedback from these interactions is then used in advocacy work at local, regional and national level. Our plain language guides on policies are an important part of our work in this programme area.
The Community Governance Programme:Action for Accountability.
This programme builds on the initial educational work by equipping poor people and their representative structures with governance tools capable of monitoring inputs into poverty reduction activities in their communities. This is part of a process of generating a culture of participation, accountability and transparency at all levels of administration. Specific focuses of the programme include participatory action research and monitoring of public expenditure, especially as related to Poverty Reduction Strategies. Alliance building and networking in order to engage effectively in policy dialogue are also a priority.
The Community Livelihoods Opportunities Programme
This programme builds on the other two programmes by focusing on the promotion of sustainable livelihoods and capabilities through processes that foster constructive dialogue and action between the poor and all levels of government. A crucial facet of the programme is to explore the linkages between livelihood opportunities, access to and ownership of natural resources and ongoing institutional reforms in the areas of natural resource management and trade and enterprise policies. These policy reforms critically affect the lives of those dependent on natural resources but their voices have been largely absent from the decision-making process.