‘Include people when crafting policies’

THE Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) says there is need to widely consult stakeholders, including grassroots people, when documents such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are being crafted.

Feluna Nleya

Speaking to villagers attending a community consultation  meeting  on post-MDGs in the Chikwaka area in Goromonzi, CWGH executive director Itai Rusike said it was important to get the views of the people on the ground in order to craft good policies.

“We had the MDGs that were established following the Millennium Summit in 2000 which are targeted to be fulfilled by 2015,” Rusike said. “All these where made [without] views from the communities, the people on the ground. So we are saying there should be input from the people issues on the ground so as to give our leaders for their discussions when they want to come up with more programmes.”

A villager, Anna Takaendesa, said consultations should involve groups affected by lack of development.

“Forums for youths must be guaranteed where consultations move away from the existing platforms that often end up as tokens as their inputs are not taken up beyond the meetings,” Takaendesa said.

CWGH convened a sensitisation workshop in April to review post-2015 development agenda processes.

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