Foundation for Democracy and Accountable Governance (FODAG) is a local South Sudanese organization and a brain child of national professionals with immense experience on issues of democracy and citizen participation in South Sudan. Having worked for close to a decade with the United States based National Democratic Institute (NDI), the former NDI staff understand the increasing desire to continue building on the democratic gains made and develop an inclusive citizen-based process to realise meaningful and stable democratic dispensation for South Sudan. Despite the recent conflict reversing some of the democratic successes, FODAG believes that the cause of this political crisis was as a result of week governance, unresolved ethnic grievance, and lack of accountable and transparent government that is capable of rising above self. While the primary focus would be to break the circle of violence, on the other hand the hope of salvaging this country lies in ensuring that citizens other than self-centred political elites begin to determine their future and work towards an inclusive and participatory political processes that are not only compatible with the aspiration of the citizens of South Sudan but also capable of holding their leaders accountable and more responsive to their citizens.
A non-partisan, non-governmental organisation, FODAG aims at ensuring that government institutions subscribe to democracy, are accountable to its citizens and that citizens too are empowered and can freely participate in the political processes of their country. This vision is informed by the current realities that majority of citizens in South Sudan remain disconnected from the realm of power, lack adequate information to reinforce their effective participation and are vulnerable to political manipulation by some individuals at the top. This spiral of ignorance has hampered effective participation hence creating inefficiency in leadership, political exclusion, corruption, poor service delivery and lack of respect for human rights and rule of law.
Working for a Democratic Governance with an Empowered Citizenry
To institutionalise democratic values in South Sudan in state and non-state agencies through support to Election and Electoral Processes, Peace, Human Rights and Participation of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities and finally Parliamentary and Local Government Council Strengthening
In working towards the attainment of our vision, FODAG is guided by the following core values:
Non-partisanship: FODAG is a non-partisan organization and shall execute its activities as such. All FODAG members shall commit to a non-partisanship pledge and shall be expected to demonstrate a high standard of impartiality in pursuing the vision for which the organization stands for.
Respect for diversity and harmonious co-existence: We recognize that despite differences in social, economic, political, ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds and perspectives, we all have inalienable rights to our shared resources and can only peacefully co- exist and develop when we promote mutual respect and accommodation at all levels.
Stakeholder participation and grassroots accountability: In all our work, we strive to promote CSOs that create opportunities for meaningful participation of local communities as key stakeholders in shaping actions, decisions and initiatives that have a bearing on their wellbeing. This includes creating the necessary environment for primary stakeholders to be informed, to question and influence leaders’ actions in pursuance of their best interests.
Transparency and good governance: In all our actions, decisions and dealings with others, we strive to maintain and promote the highest standard of openness, fairness, cost effectiveness and efficiency and avoid all manner of corrupt and compromised practices.
Social justice and Gender equity: We value the contributions of both men and women in promoting democratic governance. In our work, we provide equal opportunities for both men and women, and where necessary, in recognition of the historical exclusion of women from developmental opportunities, pursue affirmative action.
Knowledge and opinion values: We identify and respect knowledge as the basic foundation for informed opinion on choices, practices and beliefs.