Rural Services and Local Governance Program to Enhance Community Sustainability

By Meleasie Goviro, EM TV News, Port Moresby

17 project officers from the Provincial and Local Government Affairs Department will drive the ‘Rural Services and Local Governance’ Program to other provinces, to ensure there is capability in communities.

The purpose of the training is to build staff capacity in using project management skills to facilitate a Community Driven Development Approach.

It aims to enable communities to be self-sustainable.

The Rural Service Delivery and Local Governance (RSDLG) Project is a three-year pilot project co-funded by the government of PNG under the PNG Sustainable Development Program, in partnership with the World Bank.

Under the RSDLG Project, four trainings have already been conducted in the participating LLGs and Wards in Central and Western provinces.

Staff underwent two weeks of training to familiarise themselves with the various aspects of the program.

Staff saw it as an avenue for the project management unit and the Department of Local Government Affairs (DLGA) staff to exchange ideas on how the project trainings could be further improved for communities.

DLGA’s Acting Secretary, Dickson Guina, challenged the staff to use these skills to assist wards in communities participate actively in spearheading development projects in their area. Guina said the project has been ongoing for the last two years.

The training was run to ensure that when the pilot project has phased out, staff would be able to carry on the project under the government and extend it to other provinces in PNG.

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