Many initiatives foster local participation and ownership by decentralizing the management of the programs and their budgets.

They do this by giving different sectors of their targeted communities the opportunity, means and spaces to create awareness of their specific needs and perceptions (assuring plural relevance), and to define the roles and functions that they can cover to sustain the initiative (supervisory, managerial, communicational, etc.) – reducing the pressure of finding funding for them (voluntary contributions).

This also ensures transparency – decentralized initiatives are supervised by more actors than centralized ones – and thus, fosters certainty and with it further participation and support from donors, authorities and communities.

Related strategies at:

♣ Decentralizing

♣ Decentralized budgeting process 

See also:

♣ Co-management

Local stakeholders organizations

Structures and techniques for local participation, organization and negotiation 

Intra and trans-sectoral partnerships

Prioritizing relevant education and technical training

Voluntary contributions

Motivating and capitalizing on local ownership