Malawi launches ‘Governance to Enable Service Delivery’ (GESD) Project

The Malawi Government says it is hopeful that the coming in of the Governance to Enable Service Delivery (GESD) Project will help to inculcate the required standards of meaningful public service by local councils so that citizens can begin to see the positive impact of the country’s decentralization reforms.

Vice President of Malawi, Right Honourable Dr. Saulos Klaus Chilima said this on Friday, April 16, 2021 during the GESD Project launch at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe. Chilima warned Local Government Authorities (LGAs) that government will not tolerate the business as usual culture in councils.

“LGAs shall be held accountable and controlling officers will account for any sub-standard works. I urge Councils to focus on the goal of the project and make sure that they positively contribute to this country’s development through this noble duty,” he said.

Deputy Minister of Local Government Hon. Halima Daud, MP, explained that the five year project will be financed by the World Bank as a grant to the tune of US$100 million. She said her Ministry is geared up to implement the project in all 28 district councils.

During the launch, the Ministry announced Local Authority Performance Assessment (LAPA) results in which Balaka, Lilongwe, Mchinji, Kasungu, Rumphi and Blantyre emerged as the best six district councils in that order.

The project is facilitated by Ministry of Local Government, Ministry of Finance and National Local Government Finance Committee (NLGFC) as key lead partners.

This post was originally posted online by the Malawi Ministry of Local Government.

Read more about the Governance to Enable Service Delivery (GESD) Project on the National Local Government Finance Committee (NLGFC) website.

GESD project documents are available of the World Bank website.