Salima District Executive Committee (DEC) members will now have a better understanding of designing projects following a training they received in project cycle management (PCM).
In an interview on Sunday, Salima District Council director of planning and development (DPD) Blessings Nkhoma said the two-day training was organised to equip DEC members with project management skills.
“Most DEC members were not able to make concrete decisions on their own. This training will help the participants to give [right feedback] to the people who come with projects in the district,” said Nkhoma.
He added that the training will familiarise DEC members with PCM and assess relevance of proposed projects in their area.
One participant, Lydia Gama, said the training will help them participate in project debates as they are now knowledgeable.
“At first, most of us were not aware of what a project is and we did not even know how a project is designed.
“We have been approving projects that were not supposed to be approved and disapproving beneficial projects because we were just doing that to meet interests of other people but now we will be able to critique the projects before approving them,” she said.
The members have agreed that having such trainings regularly is important to refresh their knowledge on project management.