Inclusive Policy Development and Dialogue Programme

Democracy Works Foundation is proud to announce the start of our eSwatini Inclusive Policy Development and Dialogue Programme.

IPDD is being implemented by Democracy Works Foundation (DWF), in partnership with Freedom House. The Programme is funded by USAID Southern Africa and will run for a period of four years.

The Inclusive Policy Development and Dialogue Programme (IPDD), seeks to strengthen democratic structures and institutions, as well as facilitate multi-stakeholder dialogue in eSwatini to better respond to and represent the needs of society particularly in the areas of water and energy resource management. In this way, the Programme also aims to contribute to the realisation of SADC’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Strategy and Action (REEESAP 2016-2030); SADC’s Regional Water Infrastructure Programme as well as the deepening of democratic governance in the region.

The programme/project aims to strengthen the ability of CSOs, CBOs and other relevant actors in eSwatini to develop and implement participatory policies around access to sustainable water supply, clean water, and clean energy, using evidence-based knowledge, whilst at the same time enhancing a democratic political ethos that supports the meaningful participation of women, youth and marginalised individuals.

The programme will also facilitate the establishment of a Southern Africa regional network/platform through which civic and political actors from eSwatini can share best practices, lessons learned and knowledge on their engagement in energy and water resources management with other like-minded stakeholders in the region. This will be achieved through the provision of capacity building trainings and workshops, the creation of dialogue and networking spaces and capacity support towards marginalised groups in their advocacy for an inclusive and just society for all.

Therefore,  the Programme has set for itself the following three objectives in eSwatini:

  1. To strengthen participatory policy and platform development, that accurately reflects citizen-identified needs to explicitly include access to clean water and energy management of these resources;
  2. To enhance a culture that supports meaningful participation of women, youth and marginalised individuals in policy-making and policy implementation processes; and
  3. To facilitate the participation of programme stakeholders in regional platforms established for a wide range of relevant actors, and stakeholders to share best practices, lessons learned and knowledge on strengthening inclusive and responsive policy development on Water and Energy.

Olmo is Executive Director and co-Founder of Democracy Works Foundation. He has worked as a political networker, analyst, social entrepreneur, development practitioner and innovative manager on issues of human rights and democratisation in both Africa and Europe. He has spearheaded various leadership, democracy building and conflict resolution initiatives, in addition to managing funds dedicated to strengthening the role of civil society, political society and media through cross-sector approaches to deepening democracy.

His key interests lie in civil society sustainability and funding mechanisms for governance, human rights and democracy work in Africa and the global South, conflict management, institutions, leadership development, technology for development and climate and environmental issues.

Olmo leads the DWF Team on a day-to-day basis. Besides DWF's regional board, Olmo also sits on the DWF Malawi board.

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