JICA Boosts Kambia & Port Loko District
The Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) and the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) are jointly implementing a technical cooperation project for Capacity Development for Comprehensive District Development (CDCD) in the northern region of Sierra Leone.
The purpose of the project is to enhance development of capacities of MLGRD, District Councils (Port Loko and Kambia and Ward Committees in the northern region for more effective and efficient District/Rural Development Management.
This project started in 2009, including implementation of community based development program as a pilot in the target district to select the ward and component supporting rehabilitation of community infrastructures such as water well, school, health centre, mini feeder roads etc.
The CDCD project was halted by the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in 2014 which left most of the country’s infrastructures damaged, lives lost. It also halted both economic and social activities. The project was restarted in 2016 to continue the project adding the purpose of contribution of the EVD recovery and expanding to Bombali, Tonkolili and Koinadugu. Against this background, several infrastructural facilities have been constructed or rehabilitated.
However, key achievement of the project rests on the experiences/lessons learnt gained from the implementation of the pilot projects in the Districts which have been organized and formulated into a Ministry Document called “Local Councils Development Operational Guidelines”. The Ministry is highly concerned that dissemination of local councils and their development operatives will use these guidelines in the day to day activities of the local councils.
The CDCD project will conclude all the activity in June, 2018 and hold final forum on 31st of May 2018 towards the new dispensation-strengthening resilience through capacity development with people’s initiatives in local governance system, inviting all 22 local councils, concerned development partners and MDA’s to share the achievement of the project and component of guidelines. After the completion of the project, MLGRD will continue to disseminate the guidelines with its ownership.
The program was attended by the Deputy Chief Administrator, Kambia District Council, Peter Abdul Koroma, the CDCD Project Officer, Mamady Fofanah, Development Planning Officer, Port Loko District Council, Nyuma Maningo, Works Engineer, Kambia District Council, Amadu Sheriff and Deputy Secretary, Lloyd Awoyomi-Dridged.
By Samuel Thomas Bangura
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