‘District development plans crucial to development’

The Malawi District Development Planning System (DDPS) is an integral part of the decentralization process and focuses on a systematic bottom-up approach to development planning.

In an interview with the Malawi News Agency (MANA) on ThursdayBlantyre District Director of Public Works (DPW), Henry Mwamvani said the system is based on a bottom-up approach where communities at the grass-root participate in the planning and decision making process.

“Once approved, there should be feedback of the District Development Plan Framework (DDPF) to the community so that project proposals emanating from the lower levels are relevant to the strategies stipulated in the framework,” said Mwamvani.

All project proposals from the Village Development Committee (VDC) to the district level need to be appraised by the District Executive Committee (DEC) with the help of the Area Executive Committees (AEC). The appraised projects containing budgetary and technical specifications are consolidated for incorporation into the DDP.

“During the project planning and implementation stages, the activities being carried out need to be monitored and evaluated according to the implementation plan,” he added.

The DPW pointed out that the mechanism enables councils to compile real issues affecting people’s lives and devising corrective measures for the betterment of people’s livelihoods.

Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA.