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Jubilee Centre Case Study: Memorandum of Understanding, Ndola, Zambia

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This case study is a clear example of outworking the call in Proverbs 31, “to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy"....

With the signed support of the newly elected Councillors and MP, the community of Mapalo has a powerful lobbying tool to call for the agreed needs to be met in the next three years. The advocacy work of the leaders of Mapalo has not finished – they are now holding their elected representatives accountable to demonstrate their support of the memorandum with action.

The leaders’ first move after the elections was to write a formal letter addressed to the newly elected representatives, and copied to interested parties in government ministries and opposition parties, congratulating the MP on their election win and reminding them of their commitment to meeting the needs of Mapalo during their term of political office.

The community of Mapalo now eagerly awaits the next episode in seeing their community transformed – with the needs they identified in the memorandum being met through their own actions and those of their elected representatives, local council and national government.