PESHAWAR: Local development must evolve beyond just solving basic issues and work towards solving greater issues of income generation, empowerment and employment.
“We need to look beyond the traditional street pavement and drainage construction projects. We must remodel local development that fosters income generation, livelihood development and youth empowerment,” Minister for Local Government Shahram Khan Tarakai said on Wednesday while chairing a progress review meeting of the Community-Driven Local Development (CDLD) Programme.
During the meeting, Tarakai emphasized the implementation of community projects while making adequate funds available on time apart from the provision of quality technical support.
The meeting was attended by the officials of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded Municipal Services Programme and the World Bank administered Southern Area Development Project.
It was disclosed that for the financial year 2019-20, the provincial government allocated Rs3.4 billion for the CDLD Programme for 1,602 community projects in 13 target districts.
“We must include livelihood projects under the CDLD portfolio in addition to the ongoing infrastructure projects,” Tarakai stressed.
Local Government and Rural Development Department Secretary Zahir Shah and CDLD Programme Team Leader Nadeem Bashir briefed the minister on the implementation of the CDLD Programme.
They said that so far 4,502 community projects have been approved, including 869 women projects, at a total cost of Rs5.4 billion. Of these, 2,391 community projects have been completed which are benefitting more than 4.8 million people, including 460,000 women.
Another key progress highlight includes 1,549 village council development plans prepared with the direct participation of more than 113,000 community members in the programme target areas.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 8th, 2019.