SOUTHERN African Centre for the Constructive Resolution Disputes (SACCORD) has welcomed the stakeholders’ consultative process that has been undertaken by the Government to revise the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) guidelines.
SACCORD executive director Borniface Cheembe said the CDF being one of the most decentralised funds that the country had could be an engine of development at the community level if efficiency and effectiveness of the fund could be maximized.
Mr Cheembe said the revision process of the CDF guidelines if done well could go a long way in contributing to greater development in the nation at a community level.
“We hope that the views of stakeholders will be favorably considered and that the ministry will expand the number of stakeholders to be consulted,” he said.
Government is revising the CDF guidelines which were last revised in 2006.
Local Government and Housing minister Steven Kampyongo said the Government was consulting widely on the guidelines from the stakeholders.
He disclosed that the draft CDF guidelines would be finalized after December 9, 2015, which was the deadline for receiving comments.
The CDF was established by Parliament in 1995 as a fund granted to constituencies to support micro-community projects and it was seen as a tool for reduction of poverty in the country.
The ultimate goal was to use CDF to speed up development at community level by providing the much needed infrastructure such as roads, markets, schools and health posts.