Salima District Council has embarked on revamping village development structures to enhance and promote development projects.
The structures include area development committees (ADCs), village development committees (VDCs) and area extension committees (AECs) which coordinate and facilitate development projects at grass roots.
The exercise is being undertaken in all 11 traditional authorities in the district.
Speaking during one of the meetings for the exercise, Salima District Council community development officer Brighton Chunga said the district will now operate with functional structures.
“These are structures that manage development initiatives at grass roots in a district.
“They are important because they identify projects, prioritise them for implementation, monitor and evaluate progress,” he said.
Chunga also said with the decentralisation process, these structures are empowered to make decisions on development projects and present them to the council for implementation, thereby improving livelihoods of their communities.
Salima Governance Network director Charles Mwangopili commended the council for the initiative, saying it will help to enhance community participation, decision-making and involvement in development activities.
“It’s more likely that these structures will help in the sustainability of different projects coming into the district as well as identifying new projects in their area,” he said.