Dowa District Council’s Director of Planning and Development, Loveness Nkunika Silungwe, has pleaded for support from partners to train Area and Village Development Committees of the district for them to know their roles and responsibilities.
Nkunika said the district has 10 Area Development Committees (ADCs) all need to be trained to carry out their duties effectively and efficiently in the interest of their respective communities.
She said ADCs provide checks and balances at the grass root level hence a great need to revamp them all, for the good of the district in terms of projects.
Speaking during a District executive committee [Dec] meeting held at the boma, Silungwe asked partners to support the council with whatever resources they have to be put together for the purpose of training the ADCs of the district.
Silungwe asked partners to bring positive change to the community they are serving, anything negative, will not be accepted by the council, reminding them that their projects must align with the District Development Plan (DDP) which contain all the priority needs of the Dowa people.
“Make sure that the projects you are implementing are aligning to the DPP, any project outside it will not be entertained by the council,’’said Silungwe.
She pleaded with organizations that by virtue of being accepted by the Dec to implement their projects in the district, they are automatic members of the DEC, they are required to give progress reports of their projects saying this enhances cooperation, transparency and accountability.
The DPD said every month, the Dec welcomes new partners and receiving progress reports of projects which are being implemented in the district saying it is the expectation of the Dec to know what each and every organization is doing and where in the district for the good of the Dowa communities.
Dowa district has over 35 Non -Governmental Organizations (NGOs) implementing their various interventions in the fields of Health, Agriculture, Nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, Education, among others, but the impact on the ground is not there.