10. Environmental Education and Awareness Initiative
Environment and Development is PAID-WA’s home turf, as firmly inscribed in our drive towards sustainable development. Our experience is stretched over diverse dimensions of environment, stakeholder dialogues, trainings and capacity development. It ranges from services in environmental management, environmental governance, pollution prevention and control, and natural resource management by conducting research, policy advocacy and providing value add to reviews of Environmental Impact Assessment, Environmental monitoring, and environment audits. In our interventions we have partnered with some international and national institutions, as well as key donors providing support in environmental and/or social issues.
11. Value Chain Development and Post-Harvest Valorisation
PAID’s interventions build on private sector development strategies that seek to strengthen enterprises, common initiative groups, business relationships & services, market structures, and the business environment so that they channel more benefits to the poor and create lasting impacts in the field. Relying on PAID-WA's strong knowledge background in developing business service markets and its tools to improve the business environment (Market Information Systems) as well as drawing from best practice conceptual thinking and participatory methodologies, PAID-WA's Value Chain Development methodologies are state of the art tools for job creation. Our work on value for money aims to help our clients to measure the effectiveness of their programmes and demonstrate how they represent good value for money, to share experiences of applying different value for money methodologies and to engage in dialogue with others on their interpretation of value for money and how this translates into practice.
12. Local Governance and Decentralisation
Decentralisation policies and processes have shifted the locus of decision-making and management to the local level. This is accompanied by more responsibilities and resources but with limited capacities to handle its eminent challenges. This component is aimed at empowering and strengthening municipal capacities for the sustainable management of resources and ensures the engagement of local councils in feasible income generation activities for the interest of the masses. It further seeks to mainstream good governance practices in the management of local structures as a mitigation mechanism for corrupt activities in the face of the decentralisation process. This improves the local level accountability and credible community-oriented decision-making mechanisms. Decentralisation move in Africa has witnessed the transfer of resources and responsibilities to local institutions and local councils but they have remained helpless in managing the resources and responsibilities that go with decentralisation processes. With this current scenario, there is increasing need for local administrative efficiency and an improvement in service delivery, while stepping-up the quality of participation and democracy (decision-making). This in effect will lead to local empowerment and ultimate move towards poverty reduction. Without this valuable support to the local councils, the cardinal goals of good governance and decentralisation will remain elusive. PAID-WA therefore intervenes by employing the rights-based approach as a credible means through which sustainable development efforts will be realised in the decentralised structures. PAID-WA focuses on issues of good governance, democracy, public sector reforms, accountability, transparency, participation and equity.