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Title: An Impact- assessment of the Rural District Councils Capacity Building Programme (RDCCBP) on organisational performance: the case of Chaminuka Rural District Council: Shamva Administrative District, Zimbabwe
Authors: Chiunye, Tonderai Maximillan
Issue Date: 2017
Abstract: The study assessed the impact of the Rural District Councils Capacity Building Programme (RDCCBP) on the performance of Chaminuka Rural District Council which is in Shamva Administrative District of Mashonaland Central Province, Zimbabwe. It focused on institutional, human resources and participation of council residents for effective local governance in order to enhance the livelihood of the communities. The study unbundled how the Rural District Councils Capacity Programme can be implemented to enhance civil society’s participation in the policy processes that seek to improved their socio economic wellbeing and hence ensure council sustainability through effective resource mobilisation and application. A mixed methods approach was used in the study. Relevant review of related literature has been examined and discussed within the context of the principal objectives of the study. A total of four hundred and twelve (412) questionnaires were distributed to village heads (94), Shamva town residents (289) and councillors (29). A combination of stratified simple random sampling (urban residents and village heads) and convenience sampling (councillors) were used to identify the subjects. Thirteen interviews were conducted with key informants who included the traditional leadership; senior government and council officials including council’s policy leadership. As a result of the research, a number of key findings were made in terms of the state of the RDCCBP implementation resultant outcomes and recommendations were made that would enhance the capacity of local authorities in rural Zimbabwe and indeed other similar institutions. It was noted that local authorities need to do more in terms of local community engagements, women participation in local governance, additional training for elected representatives, the improvement in financial resource mobilisation and local capacitation of local authorities so that they can make decisions independent from central government and indeed enhance the capacity of the council. The lowest policy process tiers of council, that is, the Village/Ward Assemblies seem to be divorced from council as their leadership is not democratically elected and are thus docile participants in council chambers where decisions for policy implementation are made. Only three chiefs attend council meetings as ex-official members and do not vote yet they chair meetings at the policy proposal stage. Councillors are mere observers at this stage and only become instrumental at policy decision stage in council chambers. Women’s participation in the policy process is limited yet they are the primary consumers of policy decisions in the use of infrastructure such as boreholes, clinics, schools and even roads. There are no legal instruments ii that entail the participation of the appendages of the RDDC personnel at the lowest level of council structures to advise on policy proposals thus compromising the quality of the policy demands. It is thus recommended that legal instruments be put in place to ensure effective participation of these cadres to ensure rational policy proposals. Affirmative active action should also be considered for effective participation of women in the policy formulation process. Training programmes should be tailored for these groups taking into account their level of education and age.
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