THERE is need to strengthen local planning with involvement of various implementing partners and stakeholders to improve the livelihood of the majority in Zambia, says Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR).
JCTR media and information officer for Copperbelt and Northern region Tendai Posiana said even though there were many positive strides that have been made in the areas of infrastructure and social cash transfers in the past year, challenges had continued persisting.
Ms Posiana said rural development was still faced with various challenges that were not addressed.
She also said the JCTR rural basic needs basket indicated that fostering and sustaining of rural development in Zambia had remained a big challenge.
Ms Posiana said the key policy issues had to be addressed such as implementation of the decentralisation policy in a bid to accelerate development and uplift the lives of the people in rural areas.
She said the JCTR’s rural basic needs basket was currently conducted in eight districts Sioma, Shangombo, Mufumbwe, Masaiti, Kazungula, Chongwe, Rufunsa and Mambwe.
Ms Posiana said that the BNB was an advocacy tool that was used to raise awareness on a number of rural developmental issues related to access to food and nutrition security and access to essential social services in rural communities.
“In 2014, the rural basic needs basket findings of these activities brought to light rural challenges ranging from mismanagement of CDF funds, poor quality of works commissioned to improve rural infrastructure and mis-targeting of the social cash transfer,” she said.