LL City Council Sets Pace On Urban Development Profiling
Development projects in Lilongwe city are expected to follow the priority needs of residents with the adoption of Lilongwe Urban Profile report to accelerate the socio-economic growth of the city.
The report has been developed after a six-month validation exercise on priority development needs in 27 wards under the Council.
Director of Planning and Development Mr. Hilary Kamera believes the urban development profile will provide easy selection of projects and entry for intervention by any donor on development projects.
“People have been asking us in the past the criteria we use to identify development projects for urban communities because we were just providing without consulting them”, he recalled
But through the socioeconomic profile, residents in the wards have provided leads on developments they want to be prioritized in sectors like education, waste management, sanitation, security, transport, and health.
Proposals in the profile, the DPD explained are all fitting into the councils' strategic plan with targets to be achieved in the next five years such as having 70% of the waste collected, most of the roads hard-surfaced, improved drainages, security and health service delivery in health facilities
Tilitonse Foundation, one of the partners in the development of the socio-economic profile report said that such an initiative will help incarnate a spirit of ownership in the residents and demand accountability from duty bearers in the implementation process.
Chimutu ward Councilor Lynod Chakakala Chaziya believes the profile will be used as a guide in creating an easy way of convincing potential donors to finance development projects for the transformation of the city.
“We usually have full council meetings and at such meetings, we will be having reviews of whatever we have put into place if it is being implemented,” Chaziya said.
Currently, the council has established a ward development fund with an initial amount of six million kwacha to propel development projects.
Tilitonse Foundation Chief Executive officer Robert White hopes moving forward urban governance and management structures will be strengthened and, in the end, enhance the ability and zeal of residents to hold duty bearers accountable in the implementation of development projects toward the realization of the Malawi 2063 pillar on Urbanisation.
Besides Tilitonse Foundation, Oxfam, CCJP Lilongwe, Norwegian Embassy, CCODE, and European Union supported development process of the socioeconomic profile.
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