Established in July 2003, Devolution Trust for Community Empowerment (DTCE) is an ends-orientated, information-intensive and knowledge-based organization that strives to make consistent efforts to create a new relationship between the citizen and the state, based on shared rights and responsibilities. DTCE has an organizational culture that strongly believes in the importance of keeping abreast of new developments, keeping channels of communication open, keeping information systems fluid and relevant, and managing knowledge in such a way that change can be easily incorporated into structure and processes as and when it becomes necessary. It employs participatory action research methodologies to support a permanent learning process. The methodologies employed are consultative, participatory, and treat on-going social and managerial processes as learning experiences.
DTCE has created a critical mass of social capital in its partner districts of all four provinces. With the help of indigenously designed models, networks and public-private partnerships, DTCE creates an enabling environment for citizen engagement and mobilization at the grass roots level. A large number of community engagement forums including Citizen Community Boards (CCBs), local networks, village and neighbourhood based citizens groups, as well as civil society organizations including local press clubs and bar associations have been formed and capacitated. Local government state functionaries have also been taken on board and provided with necessary technical and institutional support to embrace community based interventions in the districts. As such, a momentum has been created at the local level where both the citizens and state can work in absolute harmony to address local governance and development issues collectively. This relationship needs continuous support and technical assistance for its continuity and ability to deliver in the interregnum, as well as under any new local government enactments.
Innovation, outreach, response time, and flexibility imbedded in the existing community empowerment models provide a key advantageous position to DTCE in comparison to other comparable organizations. The existing program components and human resources of DTCE are time tested, highly specialized and catered to the promotion of local governance under any environment. This implies that DTCE does not require to undergo major transformations in its composition, strategies, human resources, or program, components rather it can effectively realign itself with any new legal provisions and modalities of the local government systems that are introduced from time to time, as well as deliver in the interregnum.