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Malawian Community Engages Duty Bearers On Development Matters

Written by  Written Blessings KANG'OMBE Mar 30, 2017

Members of the public are of the view that regular tracking and monitoring of implementation of developmental projects is the best way to enhance development.

This comes as most critics fault communities’ lack of knowledge on how to hold duty bearers accountable when implementing projects under development funds.

In question are funds from Constituency Development Fund (CDF), Local Development Fund (LDF) and District Development Fund (DDF).

Communities’ ignorance on how these funds work result to the abuse of development funds by most duty bearers hence affecting successful implementation of development activities.

It is against this back drop that the Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM) is implementing a governance project which is aiming at empowering local communities to take part in matters of development.

Speaking to Capital FM, Chairperson for Lower Ganya Local Advocacy Network is of the view that if communities are not active in matters of development the country could still remain under developed.

Frank Mandala stressed that community activeness in holding duty bearers accountable is the only right way to development in respective areas.

Mandala however disclosed that currently there is a significant change in a way duty bearers are discharging duties in their areas unlike in the past.

"In the past it was difficult for rights holders to engage duty bearers in matters of development since they were lacking knowledge and skills on how to approach them.

"But currently coming in of the governance project, we are able to hold them accountable when we see a gap on how they are implementing development activities," Mandala explained.

Member of Parliament for Bwanje North expressed satisfaction with communities’ provision of checks and balances in development implementation.

Francis Mkungula stressed that community activeness in matters of development is vital hence challenges them to continue holding them accountable whenever they see a gap when conducting their activities.

Meanwhile, representatives of the EAM have described the vigilance displayed by the communities in holding duty bearers accountable as a sign of a maturing democracy.

EAM Projects Officer disclosed that the project is meeting its desired purposes since communities are now able to meet duty bearers.

Alice Chiweza stressed that by discussing development issues together since most communities are now enjoying the fruits of development due to active participation from all concerned parties.

 

Apart from Ntcheu district, the Germany Protestant Development Service funded project is also being implemented in Nkhotakota, Lilongwe and Mchinji. 

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