Forum for Democratic Process (FODEP) says shrinking donor support to Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) activities is to blame for low participation in governance activities.
Some stakeholders have been accusing Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and CSOs of neglecting their sown duties of voicing out about the alleged shrinking democratic space in the country.
However, Northern Province FODEP Chairperson, Michael Bwalya, defended the CSOs in an interview on Tuesday.
“The major hindrance is funding from donors to carry out activities such sensitizations and appearing on radio stations to discuss governance issues, otherwise from my end FODEP are eager to participate in the governance of the country, ” Bwalya said.
He urged the government to involve CSOs in the governance of the country and not to view them as opposition elements but as partners in development.
Bwalya further observed that despite being available to participate in the governance of the country, the government was implementing programmes in isolation.
He said CSOs in the region were eager to join hands with the government in creating awareness on the importance of taking part in the electoral process and other governance issues.
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