On the 1st of April, 2015, CMD organised a one day information sharing meeting in Mangochi as a way of providing updates on the status and progress of the project, share experiences, challenges and lessons from the collaboration with PPFs and mapping the way forward for the project into the next quarter.
In his opening remarks, the Program Manager for CMD, Dr Gerard Chigona welcomed the participants and gave a brief background on CMD and its work as a platform for dialogue for Political Parties in Malawi. He highlighted on the importance of political parties in the consolidation of democracy and their role as key actors in the development of a multiparty country like Malawi.
To ensure that best practices are shared and adopted amongst the partners, there were case study presentations from Mchinji and Nsanje Districts which are amongst some of the districts that have made remarkable progress in their activities.
“This project has had a multiplier effect in enhancing solidarity at the grassroots level because of the involvement of District governors from different political parties as such we are more than willing to continue with this project”, said, Kennedy Adamson, the DPD from Nsanje during his presentation
He also explained that the Political Party leaders have responded to the project with enthusiasm since they are now being considered as development partners, sentiments that were shared with Mchinji DPD, Walter Chikuni in his presentation of best practices from Mchinji.
In his closing remarks, the Program Manager, Gerard Chigona also reassured the participants on the commitments made by CMD as a way of ensuring that the project remains on track and further stressed on the need for DEC to ensure that they follow all the required procedures to ensure the success of the project’s interventions.
Output 3 of the Cross Party Local Governance Initiative that is being implemented by CMD is a collaboration with Political Party Forums (PPFs) and District Executive Committees (DEC) in ensuring that political parties are empowered and able to monitor resource allocation and utilization in local councils. Some of the activities in the output include the PPFs conducting budget tr
acking and monitoring visits to various projects implemented in their respective District Councils.