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KUWUKA JDA Youth Development and Environmental Advocacy

Maputo, Mozambique
Joined June 2019

Mission: to awaken the exercise of citizenship for transparent and participative governance of natural resources for sustainable development. Programs: Participatory Governance; environmental advocacy

Presence in: Mozambique
Focus: Citizenship & Identification, Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Governance, Accountability & Transparency

KUWUKA JDA – Juventude Desenvolvimento e Advocacia Ambiental (Youth Development and Environmental Advocacy) is a Mozambican civil society organization established in 2001 and legally registered in 2008, driven, youth serving and community development organization. It aims at contributing for sustainable and integrated development and natural resources participatory governance, through capacity building to strengthen citizenship of community interest groups for active participation in influencing decision making process, including policy monitoring through research and reflection methodologies. The organization seeks to contribute for economic, social and environmental fairness and sustainable development.

KUWUKA established four  programmatic pillars, namely:

  1. Participation and Governance – aiming at promoting public participation of an informed society, with special focus on youth and women, for good governance, sustainable development, while respecting the rights of citizens.
  2. Advocacy and lobbying – aiming  at contributing for participation of the society in monitoring and scrutinizing of public policies to influence decision-making process, demanding respect and adequate implementation of policies, legal framework and national development agendas
  3. Community Development and Environmental Advocacy – aiming at promoting active participation of local communities through interest groups (youth, women, farmers, artisans, students) and respect of their rights to land and natural resources, that they depend on for livelihoods.
  4. Research – aiming at documenting and analyses policies, processes and practices on public and participatory governance, to recommend good practices. The research findings are used as a tool to understand local dynamics, and serve to guide actions and programmatic interventions.


People Associated With This Organization

Camilo Correia Nhancale

KUWUKA JDA Youth Development and...
Joined June 2019
Interests: Citizenship & Identification, Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Livelihoods, Right to Information
I am Executive Director of KUWUKA JDA a civil society organizations in Mozambique that promotes citizens participation in decision-making process, through capacity building training and reflection on present and future challenges for sustainable development with economic, social e environmental justice for a better world.
I Lead strategic institutional planning and organizational development; technical program and project planning, budgeting and financial management oversight, including, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
I am social activist, researcher on policy analysis for evidence and human rights-based advocacy; engaging relevant multi-stakeholders for participatory governance in natural resources and extractive industries. An advocate for citizenship and active and inclusive participation, equity and gender equality in development for socioeconomic, environmental and cultural justice.
I have experience on training community groups, civil society, government and private sector on Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative standards as a tool for access to information that promotes informed public debate on options for extractive industries revenue management, to scrutiny government for accountability, including benefit sharing with affected communities, that bear the negative impacts of the extractive industries.
I believe that informed citizens can actively and effectively participate in the shaping of public policies and development programs, influencing decision making process, monitoring and scrutinizing government for accountability, leading to sustainable development. Therefore, people centered public policies, transparency and accountability are key elements for good governance and sustainable development.
Therefore, research to support evidence based and human rights advocacy is a key element for legal empowerment to influence change.
Joining the network is important as I will be able learn, exchange and share experiences with a members of the network with different expertise, perspectives and backgrounds, however sharing a common goal. A fair and equitable world for all.
Camilo Correia Nhancale is the network champion (main point of contact) for KUWUKA JDA Youth Development and Environmental Advocacy.

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