The Thyolo District Council on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) working in the district to enhance efficiency and accountability in developmental projects.
Speaking during the event, District Commissioner (DC) for Thyolo Charles Thombozi said the MOU is part of the reform programme which government is implementing in its ministries and departments.
“This is to provide a platform for checks and balances to ensure that both parties are able to meet expectations by the general public in terms of service delivery,” said Thombozi.
According to Thombozi, the council’s development plan this year in highly focussing on the water sector.
Thyolo CSO Network Chairperson Willard Mwambo said the agreement will enable CSOs to operate in line with the district’s development plan.
He said the MOU will also promote coordination and create a platform for coherent advocacy work and engagement with government and other stakeholders on key development issues for the achievement of the sustainable development goals (SDGs).
“The signing of the MOU is therefore in fulfilment of section 3 (d) of the nongovernmental organisation Act 2000 which calls on the need for the creation of a conducive environment to facilitate constructive collaboration and partnership between CSOs and government as part of promoting public interest,” he said.