Donors Loud Ministry’s “Game Changer” Strategy
Donors US and UK say introduction of the Game Changer strategy by the ministry of local Government has reinvigorated local councils to dust off their long standing operational inefficiencies and improve public service delivery.
The Game Changer initiative is a brain child of local government Minister Ben Phiri who says “it brings to an end the era of doing business as usual” both at the ministry headquarters and in councils.
Mission Director for US Agency for International Development in Malawi Littleton Tazewell are funding the activities under the initiative because of mounting concerns of poor service delivery in councils.
“We [the donors] are however interested in how the ministry intends to measure success of the initiative,” he said.
Speaking Wednesday when he presented a progress report on the Game Changer strategy, minister Phiri, for example, urged constituents to be vigilant in holding their local leaders and Members of Parliament to account in the implementation of public funded projects like those under the Constituency Development Fund (CDF).
“Government is pumping up to 50 million kwacha annually to each constituency under the CDF and we want constituents to check how we are using this money as MPs,” He said.
Earlier this week under the Game Changer initiative, a partnership co-financed by the US and UK, was launched between 20 district councils and the Local Government Accountability and Performance (LGAP) project.
The 20 district councils are being supported to strengthen development planning and implementation, financial management, Human resource and health among other key areas.
It will further deepen capacity of councils and improve their working environment which should in turn help improve delivery of public service.