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Thursday, 28 May 2020 05:11

Balaka DC hails government for public works project

Written by  Mary Makhiringa
People working in one of the EPWP projects People working in one of the EPWP projects

Balaka, May 28, 2020:District Commissioner (DC) for Balaka Emmanuel Bambe Wednesday hailed government for Enhanced Public Works Project (EPWP) saying public works projects spur changes in lives of people.

He made the remarks when he officially opened a four day training of District Officers and front line staff on bursary management and soil and water conservation.

"MASAF IV Project has been one of the key instruments that the Government of Malawi has been using to contribute to the overall objective of the National Social Support Policy, which is to reduce poverty and vulnerability of the poor and marginalized groups and bring them out of poverty.

"The MASAF IV Project objective was to improve resilience among the poor and strengthen Social Safety net delivery systems and coordination across programmes,” Bambe said.

He added since 2014, the design of the public works component under MASAF IV changed focus, from primarily giving beneficiaries cash transfers to cater for short term consumption needs during the lean period to emphasizing dual objectives of creation of productive assets and cash transfers.

"The PWP component in the MASAF IV adopted a catchment management approach, which promoted interventions that minimize the adverse effects of natural disasters and improve land productivity.

"Let me urge you all to be more attractive to the facilitators as this is a pilot  project and it's positive outcome will make it row out to all districts countrywide," he said.

On his part Alfred Richie one of the extension workers and participant to the meeting said EPWP is a viable project as its components clearly shows that it was for the people.

"I attended the very first orientation of the project, and I have liked the approach, the rural people will be involved more, thereby giving them ownership to whatever outcomes of the project," he said