Country: Guinea (AFR)
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I. PROJECT DEVELOPMENT OBJECTIVES
The objective of this project is to enhance accountability in the use of post-Ebola recovery funds by strengthening citizen oversight of budgets and service delivery through social accountability tools at both local and national level, and disseminating information on the post-Ebola recovery process to raise awareness among the public of the recovery process in Guinea.
B. Project Beneficiaries
The Project’s direct beneficiaries include: all residents living in the most affected Ebola communities in Basse Guinée and Guinée Forestière, which cover 41% of the country. At the community level, the project will work with key groups including: traditional authorities, women and youth representatives, parent teacher associations, economic operators and other interest groups, as well as with professional unions and associations among education and medical staff. The project will also engage with and benefit health and education prefectural directorates (DPS and DPEs) that are in charge of implementing health and education programs at the local level. At the national level, the project will generate information that will benefit the Government’s Post Ebola Socio-economic Recovery and Resiliency Plan (PESRRP). The information generated will also benefit the Government Reform and Administrative Modernization Program (PREMA), a program that focuses on enhancing the effectiveness of public sector reforms.
The Project’s indirect beneficiaries include: all Guinean citizens, the Project Monitoring Technical Unit (CTSP) at the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Education (MoE), the Ministry of Health (MoH), and the National Assembly. Guinean citizens will benefit from the success of the project because the national post-Ebola recovery program and the delivery of social services will become more transparent and accountable following the project intervention. The information generated by the project will complement and support the CTSP work in monitoring the implementation of public sector reforms at the local level. The MoE and MoH will benefit from gaining a better understanding on beneficiaries’ priorities and the performance levels of education and health service delivery units at the local level. The National Assembly will benefit as well by having information that will allow it to better monitor the impact of the post-Ebola recovery plan on the ground.
II. PROJECT DESCRIPTION
A. Project Components
Component 1: Strengthen government and civil society capacity to design, implement and monitor budget allocation and spending, and basic service delivery
(a) Conducting participatory capacity-gap identification with the CSOAP and government actors in Basse Guinée and Guinée Forestière.
Component 2: Create opportunities for government and civil society actors to leverage findings of budget and service delivery monitoring to improve basic services
(a) Organizing public meetings in targeted areas to discuss community scorecards and budget analysis findings, review progress, and agree on measures to improve service delivery at the local level.
Component 3: Generate and disseminate credible and accurate information on the recovery process to those most affected by the crisis
This component focuses on developing a participatory communication strategy to disseminate the information generated by the project to the wider population in order to raise awareness about the recovery process at both the community and national level. Multiple media outlets will be used to reach the wider population. This will entail:
(a) Developing a project participatory strategic communications strategy.
Component 4: Identify and share lessons drawn to foster socially accountable crisis recovery in other multi-stakeholder, conflict-affected environments.
(a) Organizing multi-stakeholder learning and evaluation meetings every six months.
B. Project Financing
The financing instrument elected for this project is a Recipient Executed Trust Fund (RETF) Grant. The source of financing for this Grant is the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA), housed within the World Bank. As per World Bank Trust Fund guidelines, given that this Trust Fund is smaller than US$5 million this Project is subject to World Bank procedures related to project preparation and supervision of Small RETF Grants. The Project cost is estimated to be US$800,000 to be financed completely by the GPSA grant. Additionally, the World Bank will commit an annual Project supervision budget in the amount of US$20,000 per year.
A. Implementation Arrangements
Project Implementing Agency: The Project will be led and coordinated by Search For Common Ground (SFCG). The organization will be responsible for the overall management and implementation of project activities, project monitoring, and internal evaluations. SFCG will review and ensure the quality of: (a) the design and methodology of budget analysis and participatory scorecards; (b) constructive engagement processes with users, service providers, and government authorities; (c) information disseminated through media outreach; and (d) linkages between the national CSO accountability platform and RCSOAPs. SFCG has extensive experience working in these themes in Guinea, as demonstrated by its track record. It has worked extensively on diversifying the media landscape, supporting existing democratic processes, and strengthening the capacity of targeted stakeholders to contribute to informed dialogue and build constructive engagements with government authorities. SFCG has a unique two-pronged approach to overcome challenges in fragile environments. It consists of working with the media sector and, on a parallel track, implementing on-the-ground community outreach through local capacity building and networking activities. Furthermore, this project builds up on the work that SFCG has implemented with the World Bank under the Governance and Accountability in the Public Sector Program.
During the Project implementation, SFCG will partner with one national CSO and two media outlets to ensure the success of the project. AGUIDE, a leading national CSO, will be responsible for convening and monitoring RCSOAPs within the target regions. The two media outlets are Radio Télévision Guinéenne (RTG) and Radio Rurale Guinea (RGG) and they will lead national media production and local radio discussions respectively. Partnerships will be structured using a “mutual accountability model” that sets performance benchmarks for each partner, including SFCG. In addition, SFCG will leverage a Steering Committee of key stakeholders, which was established under the Governance and Accountability in the Public Sector Program, to ensure buy-in and strategic alignment. This committee includes PREMA, the CTSP project management unit at MoF, PREMA, the National Assembly, the World Bank, and SFCG.
Flow of Funds: SFCG will directly draw down on the Designated Account in order to ensure smooth flow of funds for implementation of Project activities. An Indicative Schedule of Advanced Payments and Final Reimbursement will be included in the Disbursement Letter. Requests for withdrawal of Grant funds will be made in accordance with a schedule (milestones) agreed between SFCG and the World Bank.
B. Results Monitoring and Evaluation
SFCG and the World Bank will monitor the PDO level indicators, as well as the implementation of activities supported by each Project component. SFCG will develop a comprehensive, participatory monitoring and evaluation plan in collaboration with its Steering Committee. Progress will be monitored against a baseline collected at the start of the project. Monitoring activities will be conducted using a suite of tools aimed at maximizing value-for-money and ensuring implementation on time and of the highest technical quality. This includes results-based management systems at the individual, project, and country-level. Specific tools will include: (a) routine focus-group testing of media products, (c) pre and post-tests for all training activities, (d) standardized training and community activity reporting, (e) weekly financial spending analysis, and (f) mutual accountability benchmarks agreed by all partner organizations.
The Project seeks to establish sustainability through institutionalization and acculturation. SFCG will partner with government stakeholders and media outlets from the outset to ensure that the proposed social accountability mechanism can be integrated into their regular annual planning. In addition, Regional CSO Accountability Platforms (RCSOAPs) will work under Terms of Reference (TORs) that are owned by the participating organizations and can be achievable without additional resources beyond the project lifecycle. In terms of acculturation, the engagement with the media outlets is expected to foster cultural change by promoting openness and transparency, and dialogue between government and citizens as a pragmatic approach to solve problems.