The Capacity Development of Local Governments (CDLG) Project focuses on strengthening the capacities of local authorities to be inclusive, responsive, and accountable, and enables them to plan, enhance resilience and deliver better services. The CDLG project is implemented in four provinces – North, North Central, Eastern, and Uva, with the overall objective of strengthening the capacities of Local Authorities (LAs) to be inclusive, responsive, and accountable and be able to plan, enhance resilience and deliver better services, alongside the Local Development Support (LDSP) Project.
The project aims to improve local governance systems, making governments ‘fit for the future. The CDLG project will support the improvement of institutional, organizational, and individual capacities of Local Authorities (LA’s). Additionally, CDLG is committed to encouraging more public engagement in local decision-making processes, and enhancing downward accountability of elected officials and local governments, by building capacities of communities to hold LAs to account. Through peer-to-peer learning and learning by doing techniques, the CDLG project will ensure all initiatives are centered around its target audiences throughout its implementation.
The project will seek to:
- Improve delivery and responsiveness to gender and marginalization issues through better local planning, budgeting cycles, and local service.
- Establish an innovative local governance system that provides services that address multidimensional challenges.
- Provide a legal and policy framework to facilitate systems change and strengthen the process of decentralization.
Empowering women officials to participate in decision-making processes while increasing their capacities is an important area of work under the CDLG project interventions. Working collectively with partners to enhance women’s participation and leadership, including representation in all committees of local authorities will further enhance and contribute towards better local service delivery processes.