PBGs facilitate development in Phalombe

Money realized from the Performance-Based Grants that district councils received in the year 2021/22 has facilitated commencement and continuation of stalled development projects in Phalombe District.

Phalombe District is currently implementing the five most important projects for citizens, some of which are: Mkhumba Youth Centre, Mauzi Health Centre, and a seven-kilometer Chivulamalaya Gravel Road.

In an interview on Tuesday, District Commissioner for Phalombe, Rodrick Mateauma, said the projects were milestones that could not be implemented using money from the Constituency Development Fund and other available resource envelopes.

Construction of a bridge at Chivulamalaya Road. Pic. Sam Majamanda (Mana)

“The money that has come as a grant after we performed well in the past Local Authority Performance Assessment (LAPA) has bailed us out and we have realized that the more we work hard in LAPA, the more we can better serve our district because we will be able to get more money for development projects,” he said.

Group Village Head Namalima, in whose area Mauzi Health Centre is under construction, hailed the government for the initiative, saying it would bring relief to people in the area from the burden of walking long distances to access health services.

Mauzi Health Centre project. Pic. Sam Majamanda (Mana)

Performance-Based Granting is a funding modality introduced by the Malawi Government under the Governance to Enable Service Delivery which is being implemented by the Ministry of Local Government, Ministry of Finance, and the 1 Local Government Finance Committee with funding from the World Bank.