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National Development Focus
The Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy (GPRS II, 2006-2009), which has been infused with Strategic Environment Assessment (SEA) recommendations, Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Gender issues, focuses on policies, strategies and programmes relating to continued macroeconomic stability, prioritized private sector-led growth, vigorous human resource development, good governance and civic responsibility that are necessary to thrust the economy into higher growth trajectory and accelerated poverty reduction. The basic goal of GPRS II is to:

Achieve accelerated and sustainable shared growth, poverty reduction, and promotion of gender equity, protection and empowerment of the vulnerable and excluded within a decentralised democratic environment.
 
The broad strategic direction of GPRS II focuses on:
•    Private Sector Competitiveness
•    Human Resource Development
•    Good Governance and Civic Responsibility

Municipal’s Goal
As summarised in Section 1.3, community members under the leadership of their respective Unit Committees were brought together in a community forum. The purpose of such discussions was to assess the current situation of each Council in terms of development. In turn, the issues/problems raised were analysed through the prioritisation criteria and the POCC analysis found in Chapter 2. From these assessments a principal goal and a set of sub-goals have been derived with consideration to the basic goal and the three broad strategies of GPRS II.  The principal goal of the Assembly is then to:
 
Create an enabling environment for the development and growth of the  Assembly in order to ensure that the citizens of the Municipality, irrespective of their socio-economic status, are economically empowered, have access to adequate basic social services, have a safe and clean environment, are secure from crime and violence, and are able to participate effectively in decision making at the local level..

The following sections list the specific sub-goals of the Assembly under the three pillars of GPRS II:

Private Sector Competitiveness
1.    Increase the level of employment
2.    Reduce post harvest loss
3.    Increase the level of business and agricultural production
4.    Increase commercial activity
5.    Improve the transportation network
6.    Extend electrical coverage
7.    Improve postal service
8.    Relieve congestion at lorry parks
9.    Increase internal generated funds

Human Resource Development
1.    Improve drainage
2.    Improve toilet facilities
3.    Improve solid waste facilities
4.    Improve access to potable water
5.    Reduce the incidences of disease
6.    Improve pupil-teacher contact hours
7.    Improve educational infrastructure
8.    Increase the participation of women in the workforce

Good Governance And Civic Responsibility
1.    Reduce the level of crime
2.    Increase the level of participation in social functions

Millennium Development Goals
Part of the purpose of the Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy 2006-2009 (GPRS II) is achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set out by the United Nations. In consideration, it is necessary to consider whether the development goals of this Plan are compatible with the MDGs. The following is the list of MDGs:

Each of the goals identified in Section 3.2, were analysed based on their compatibility with the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).  A goal that was strongly combatable with a MDG was denoted with a 5, combatable with a 4, neutral with a 3, incompatible with a 2, and strongly incompatible with a 1.  In turn, the scores were added together and averaged to determine the overall compatibility of each goal with the MDGs. Table 3.3.1 presents the results.

Based on the compatibility criteria, it was determined that average scores ranged from 4.3 to 3.0. Specifically, 7 of the goals were found to be compatible while 12 of them were neutral. In conclusion, none of the proposed strategies are incompatible with the Millennium Development Goals and in some cases they support them.

For tables refer to pdf file attached



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