Policymakers

Policies can improve if communities are involved in the design. Community involvement is a cornerstone of accountability and effective policy.
Engagement of communities directly impacted upon by proposed and current policies provides valuable insight for policy decisions and creates opportunities for better understanding and commitment from community members.

Although no easy task for policymakers - there are many voices to be heard and many interests to be balanced - meaningful involvement is an essential and key principle in policy development.  Community involvement is also very useful to monitor, adjust and to refine policies.  Furthermore, it opens up a means to check whether policies actually deliver what they intended to do.