Nkhotakota District Executive Committee (DEC) says it is annoyed with donor funded projects that are solely dictated by the benefactors, especially on selection of project implementation sites.
The DEC feels there has to be a dialogue between the committee and the project implementers or donors to enlighten each other on the benefits of the project.
The reaction came during a meeting which World Vision area programme manager for Nkhata Bay, Prince Nkhata, failed to provide concrete reasons behind their selection of traditional authorities Kanyenda and Kafuzira as beneficiaries of proposed Action for Adolescents Project to be executed in the district.
Nkhotakota district director of planning and development (DPD) Griffin Mhango said it was a pity that there were traditional authorities that were more vulnerable than the proposed sites, but were not considered.
He said: “I feel World Vision chose these areas because they are close to Nkhata Bay [where project implementers are based] so that they easily access them. This does not mean that the proposed sites have no gaps, but I believe implementers left out more vulnerable areas. The council believes that projects exist to eradicate vulnerability.”
On his part, Nkhata explained that they chose the sites because United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) was already working in the locations.