UNITED Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Zambia LIONEL LAURENS has said increased allocation in the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) is a strategic game-changer in improving the livelihood of millions of Zambians and getting them out of poverty.
Mr Laurens said UNDP is delighted with decision by the New Dawn Government to increase the Fund to K25.7 million per Constituency in this year’s National Budget from a paltry K1.6 million which will provide adequate resources to undertake various projects identified by communities.
He said UNDP is, therefore, ready to offer more technical and financial support to help the Government in actualizing the implementation of CDF on development strategies aimed at reducing poverty in communities.
Mr Laurens was speaking when he paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Honourable, GARY NKOMBO, MP, recently to discuss issues of bilateral cooperation.
“UNDP is pleased with the Government’s decision to increase the CDF allocation and we pledge to work together to support the development strategies that can be funded by cooperating partners,” Mr Laurens stated.
He expressed confidence that, with support from bilateral and multilateral partners, Zambia will see a decline in the rural-urban migration because communities will access economic opportunities within reach.
He stressed that UNDP is keen to ensure Zambia attains more meaningful development that meets the needs of the people at community levels.
In response, Mr Nkombo implored cooperating partners to support the Government in creating more economic opportunities to reduce vulnerabilities in communities.
The Minister said CDF is one mechanism to generate unprecedented levels of social economic development to meet citizens’ needs as each community will have a say in what their development priorities would be.
He said the Government is also implementing stringent measures to public resources are utilized effectively to meet the citizens.
Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development Director Planning and Information, Mrs. NGOZA MUNTHALI and UNDP Governance Advisor Mr. GREG SAILI attended the meeting.
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