Nga Erald Lamja –
On December 9, 2018, Patos Mayor Balilaj handed over the keys of 10 apartments to women in need.
“I have struggled my entire life to hold my house, but it is only now we have a roof over our heads that I finally feel secure for my children,” says Etleva, a single mother of three, with tears of joy rolling down her cheeks.
For 3 consecutive years (2015-2017) the USAID Planning and Local Governance Project has conducted Community-Based Scorecards (CBS) in 16 municipalities to enable citizens to voice their needs and priorities with regards to public and social services, good governance, and local economic development.
During the CBS process in Patos in 2017, one of the main needs raised by the citizens was the lack of social housing for women in need. PLGP is very pleased to report that the Municipality promptly responded to their citizens’ feedback.
Supported financially by the Government of Albania, the municipality managed in a short six months to transform an abandoned municipal asset (ruined kindergarten), into a modern building with 12 apartments, ten apartments for families in need with women heads of household, and 2 for emergency use. After approval from the Patos Municipal Council, these apartments were given to the families in need.
The Community-Based Scorecard is a social audit, community monitoring, and citizen mechanism that enables citizens to voice their needs and priorities with regards to public and social services, good governance, and local economic development. It is a powerful and flexible instrument to help improve quality of services, good governance, and enhance development outcomes through social accountability. It is important for local governance that citizens have a stronger voice in the making of decisions and setting of priorities regarding issues that affect their lives, and they must be continuously involved in the making of decisions concerning their communities.
Photo by Erald Lamja