Malawi’s decentralization policy requires all group villages to have a Village Action Plan (VAP) which represents development programme at community level. The Village Development Committee (VDC), which is the lowest tier of the District Assembly administration is mandated to facilitate planning and implementation of the Village Action Plans. Members of the VDC are composed of community members elected by the community they represent. The Village Action Plans are then incorporated in the District Development Plans at the District level.
The Poverty Environment Action (PEA) project in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Planning Development and the Public Sector Reforms is supporting the Ministry of Local Government in the implementation of VAP in Salima which will then contribute to the district’s development plan for the next 5 years. The VAP formulation process will ensure that Salima District Development Plans have incorporated and implemented National Environment and Natural Resources Management (ENRM) policies and plans.
The activity started on the 13th of October with a one day refresher training course for approximately 60 extension workers, who were tasked to facilitate the data collection and development of Village action plan among/with 180 Village development committees in 11 Traditional authorities of Salima Districts. Following the training, the data collection and development of VAPs has been done, followed by data analysis and consolidation of the VAPs at District level.