By Zenak Matekenya
Civil Society Organisations in Northern Region have commended Local Government Accountability and Performance Project (LGAP) in promotion of delivery of public services at local level.
Speaking on the sidelines of LGAP grants pre-application workshop for CSOs in the region Monday, National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) Resource Mobilization Officer, John Chipeta said by and by councils are becoming responsive and accountable in their operations.
He said LGAP has promoted councils to become more responsive and accountable as communities are able to demand their entitlements.
“Of late through LGAP interventions, we have seen councils engaging local structures such as area and village development committees in implementation of development activities,” said Chipeta.
“We see progress in attainment of sustainable socio-economic development as decisions are made locally,” he said.
LGAP Local Governance Manager, Mabvuto Mkandawire said through US-Aid and UK-Aid, LGAP will disburse a grant worth USD 870 000 (about K650 million) to civil society organisations to promote good governance.
He said the project will expand the scope of work from 20 districts to 28 and each CSO stands a chance to get a maximum of USD 50, 000 (about K37. 5 million.
He said grants provided to CSOs through the project have enabled empowered locals to have a voice on performance.
During the workshop CSOs were drilled on how they could access grants from LGAP towards promotion of decentralisation.-MANA