Kasungu district commissioner (DC) Harrison Lende has asked the Kalondolondo Programme to do an in-depth assessment on the implementation of the Local Development Fund (LDF) and the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) in Malawi.
His call followed similar follow-ups the programme has conducted in several districts across the country on issues of health, education, agriculture, water and sanitation.
On Friday, Lende told participants during a Kasungu District Interface Workshop on HIV Testing and Counselling and Antiretroviral Service Delivery that most public officers handling the two funds ignore the health section by concentrating on education and public infrastructure. Centre for Sustainable Community Development (CSCD) of Kasungu hosted the workshop.
Kasungu District is one of the beneficiaries of the assessments Kalondolondo Programme has been doing as its recent findings prompted government and other development partners to construct a primary school at Kambala, where only a single classroom block existed.
In an interview, Kalondolondo Programme manager Jephter Mwanza said the programme already has plans to have the two Funds assessed from this year on.
A consortium of Plan Malawi, Britainâ€™s Department for International Development (DFID), Action Aid and Congoma funds the programme, formerly called Community-Based Management project.