Centre for Community Organisation and Development (Ccode) and the Story Workshop Trust have embarked on a governance project called Strengthening Urban Governance and Management in Malawi to bridge the gap between communities and duty-bearers.
Ccode and the Story Workshop are implementing a 15-month project in Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu.
Briefing stakeholders and getting their input on the project in Blantyre on Wednesday, Ccode project officer M’bwana Nkhata said the community has the right to know what is required to ask from the duty-bearers.
“Many people have problems, but do not know where to take the issues for solutions. This project, which will involve ward committees, village development committees [VDCs] and members of Parliament [MPs], will help the communities to understand the roles of the duty-bearers,” he said.
Blantyre City Council (BCC) human resources committee chairperson Stanley Banda commended Ccode and the Story Workshop for the project which has received financial support from Tilitonse Fund.
During the meeting, topical issues raised included the relationship between MPs and ward councillors.
In his contribution, one stakeholder wondered how MPs and councillors would work together in the project when there is bad blood between their offices.
But Blessings Nkhata from the Story Workshop said they will be carrying out research in each area to understand the situation and make proper judgements.