Government reiterates support to CDLD Projects

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Senior Minister for Local Government, Elections and Rural Development, Inayatullah Khan, has reaffirmed the support to the Community-Driven Local Development (CDLD)-related programme initiatives. The senior minister renewed the backing as he chaired the progress review meeting of the CDLD, said a handout. Senior officers, commissioner of Malakand, district nazims of the CDLD pilot areas, representative of the Pakistan Army and CDLD programme team members attended the meeting.

Those in the meeting noted that the CDLD policy implementation had made significant strides forward since November 2015 when the Policy Implementation Unit for CDLD was established in the Local Government, Elections and Rural Development Department.

667 uplift projects approved for Malakand Division

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At least 667 development projects have been approved for six districts of Malakand Division. This was stated in a handout issued on 29 January 2016 and was mentioned during the sixth Policy Coordination and Review Committee (PCRC) meeting, which was convened to address issues in implementing community-driven development projects in the division. The moot was chaired by the secretary of the local government, elections and rural development department. During the meeting, progress made by the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Community-Driven Local Development (CDLD) was discussed.

“Around 11,300 applications were received in four rounds from community members in six districts - Chitral, Lower Dir, Malakand, Shangla, Swat and Upper Dir,” stated the handout. “The district authorities approved 667 projects, which amount to Rs873.5 million.” According to the document, 164 agreements have been signed so far between the deputy commissioners and community-based organisations. More are in the pipeline.

Communication strategy for CDLD Programme launched

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On 12 January 2016, the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa formally launched the communication strategy for the Community-Driven Local Development (CDLD) Programme aimed at citizen engagement in the development schemes of the government. Senior Minister for Local Government, Rural Development and Elections, Inayatullah Khan, on that occasion said, “strategic communication management for CDLD is one of our main priorities with citizens participation as the focus of strategy implementation. Development of the communication material, launching of the CDLD website and activities for citizens engagement are some of the significant measures which are already underway”.

Entitled as “Empowering Communities from the Ground Up through Collective Action”, the communication strategy of the CDLD is stretched across a three-year time period to cover the broad spectrum of media communication and public awareness fields to “enlighten, educate and engage target communities” at the grassroots level.

Mechanism finalised for speedy rehabilitation in Chitral

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The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Community-Driven Local Development (CDLD) programme has finalised a mechanism for speedy rehabilitation and reconstruction work in Chitral.

This was announced by Finance Secretary Ahmed Hanif Orakzai at the fourth Policy Coordination and Review Committee meeting at the department office on Tuesday.

“We need to act efficiently to respond to the situation in Chitral,” Orakzai said. “As a result, we have decided to make special arrangements to expedite the implementation of the programme’s projects in the district. All decisions have been taken in accordance with the guidelines followed by CDLD.”

Empowering locals: Community-driven development in the works

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Local communities understand their needs better; development projects should be driven by them to ensure sustainability, said Minister for Local Government Inayatullah Khan.

The minister was addressing a gathering of government and Malakand administration officials and elders before a workshop on Community Driven Local Development (CDLD) in Swat on Friday. The four-year programme is meant to bring social and structural improvements in six districts of Malakand Divison.

An amount of €64 million will be provided by the European Union (EU) while Rs500 million was released by the K-P government under the 2014-15 budget.

“The participatory programme will cater to the needs of the people of Malakand who have been affected by militancy and floods,” said Khan.