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USAID and NDI to promote local government

By Amalawi - Thu Oct 30, 12:15 pm

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Malawi: United States Agency International Development (USAID) and National Democratic Institute (NDI) have disclosed interest in promoting local government participation among Malawian citizens to ensure local developments are being implemented in many parts of the country.NDI, a non-profit, non-partisan, non-governmental organization, works towards establishment and strengthening political and civic organizations and safeguard election, and promotion of citizen participation, openness and accountability in more than sixty countries.

USAID to promote local government participation

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The two organizations are set to launch a project works with councillors from Balaka and Liwonde in Machinga under the theme “promoting positive relationship between local government and citizen” from 30th to 31th October at hippo view lodge in Liwonde. A two day workshop will help participants to learn how to enhance citizen participation in local government development and further give better understanding to roles and responsibilities as well as providing them with an opportunity to share experience. The organizations will also work with the media in the project to ensure that citizens interact with government officials in the district of Machinga, Balaka, Lilongwe together with civil society organizations in building skills to ensure party manifestos are fulfilled. The project will bring together different stakeholders including ward councillors, civil servants at district level and Members of Parliaments (MP) to address local important issues such as improving service delivery in health, water and agriculture. Project aims at voicing citizens’ concerns, promotion of accountability and support local government by enhancing communication and responsiveness and transparency in the districts.

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