CYSD’s Participatory Governance focuses on increasing accountability of the institutions of governance towards people in general and marginalized section in particular. CYSD believes that community empowerment and social development are best achieved through greater citizen participation in the grassroots democratic process.
CYSD has been constantly striving to strengthen participatory governance in the State to develop capacities of the communities with the use of participatory development plans as a tool to provide for real decentralized governance through linkages with the mainstream development plans.
Building citizenry awareness and increasing participation in the process of local self-governance with extensive policy research and advocacy work is done to influence policy makers and the public to initiate pro-poor policies. Through its participatory governance initiatives, CYSD works towards strengthening citizens’ participation in local self-governance to enhance people’s abilities to analyze local development issues, place their legitimate demands before the mainstream agencies, and create pressure to promote and strengthen pro-poor initiatives, through community organizations.
The four-fold initiatives of participatory governance of CYSD are:
- Capacity Building
- Decentralized Planning
- Transparency and Accountability
- Citizen's Action Research