Peshawar: The KP Govt in collaboration with European Union (EU) has launched a new development scheme under Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Community-Driven Local Development (CDLD) Program.
The program under the agreement and huge funding is being introduced 1st in all six districts of Malaknd Division as pilot project for three years whereas it will later be extended to all over the province on successful execution.
Under it schemes will be planned and decided by local people of an area unlike the traditional pattern of planning schemes from top level in P&D department and then implementing it in different localities of the province.
In order to start practical and result oriented work on this program, the Policy Coordination and Review Committee (PCRC) meeting was held in order to review the progress and foster the implementation that was chaired by Secretary Finance Syed Said Badshah Bukhari.
The Program has been launched under the first ever community-driven governance framework for local development in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa being piloted in the six districts of Malakand Division including Chitral, Dir Lower, Dir Upper, Malakand, Shangla and Swat.
Steered by the Reforms Monitoring Unit (RMU) of the Finance Department and implemented through the six district administrations, the program will be receiving budgetary support of Euros 64 million from 2014-2015 until 2017-2018 from the European Union in addition to the provincial government’s own allocations.
Speaking to the participants of the PCRC meeting, the Secretary acknowledged the progress achieved so far and provided the way forward on key program issues that required attention.
“The overwhelming response exhibited in the form of first applications received from the communities, 5401 applications against 1097 projects, goes to show how much potential and scope exists for CDLD specific projects”, he added.
Reforms Coordinator Imtiaz Ayub, who is heading the RMU for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa CDLD Program informed the meeting that significant progress has taken place since the inception of the program. In his presentation, it was learnt that the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa released Rs 500 million while the first tranche of Euros 9 million was also provided by the European Union for the financial year 2014-2015.
“For the next financial year 2015-2016, the funding will be based on the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa allocation of Rs 800 million and the release of second tranche of Euros 18 million by EU”, he stated.
During the PCRC meeting, discussions were centered around the main agenda items with a focus on reaching joint understanding on areas that needed to be addressed. Issues, such as, social mobilization of the communities, recruitment of field engineers, registration of community-based organizations, improvement in the coordination mechanisms and conducting a household baseline survey also came under discussions and a common understanding was developed on the way forward.
The participants also expressed their gratitude to the Secretary Finance and a souvenir was presented to him by Commissioner Malakand Kifayatullah Khan for his commendable services towards the CDLD Policy support and implementation.
It was told that the PCRC is the apex platform to provide overall guidance on the operationalisation of the CDLD Policy and to review the progress of the implementation of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa CDLD Program.
In addition to the Commissioner Malakand and representatives of the European Union, the meeting was also attended by the representatives of concerned departments, including Planning and Development, Education, Agriculture, Local Government, Social Welfare, Public Health Engineering and Environment.
Key members of the technical assistance team and social mobilization partner of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa CDLD Programme were also in the attendance of the meeting.
As a pioneering development initiative, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa CDLD Program is working with the district governments and target communities to improve the delivery of public services in line with the local needs and priorities.
The CDLD Policy is guided by the principle of involving communities in decision making and execution of development initiatives to improve transparency, accountability, responsiveness, subsidiarity and inclusiveness.