The development programmes for 2014-2017 are derived from the District’s mission statement, key development problems and potentials (see the POCC analysis) as discussed in the previous chapters. The Municipal Assembly exists to facilitate the overall development of the district by effectively formulating and implementing plans and programmes of the Assembly, Ministries, Departments, Agencies and Non-Governmental Organizations in order to improve the quality of life of the people in the District. This mission is being pursued through an effective and efficient delivery of client-focused administrative and social services, as well as the continuous implementation of development projects in collaboration with the communities as the initiators and beneficiaries.
The overall goal of this Medium-Term Development Plan (2014-2017) is to provide basic socio-economic infrastructural facilities for sustained increased productivity and production towards poverty reduction and improved living standards of the people in the district as shown in the Logical Framework (Table 4.1). The improved living standards means that the people have higher access to a variety of gainful employment, long and healthy life, knowledge, peace, basic socio-economic services and participate in development decisions while meeting their civic responsibilities. The overall goal is within the framework of Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda (GSGDA II 2014-2017).
The purpose of this plan is to increase productivity and production of all sectors of the district economy, reduce the incidence of poverty and ensure prudent financial management through integrated approach. Thus, the purpose of the plan indicates the process of achieving sustained economic growth and improved social life through gainful employment, increased productivity and production, which depend on adequate provision of skilled personnel, logistics, research, financial institutions, sound policy framework, community financial support and government finance.
The overall goal highlights the need for a comprehensive and integrated approach to development, which encompasses economic, social, political, institutional, environmental and spatial factors and their interrelationships. The achievement of the goal will represent a transformation of the district economy in which the people will be economically empowered. This entails meeting elements of the purpose namely; Ensuring and Sustaining Macroeconomic Stability; Ghana’s private sector competitiveness enhanced; agriculture modernised, infrastructure and human settlement development improved, human development and basic services improved; transparent and accountable governance practised etc.
The strategy to achieve the poverty reduction and improved living standards of the people in the district involves multi-sectoral, integrated and participatory approach. It focuses on not only provision of economic, social and technical services but also capacity building to ensure increased productivity and sustainability. This strategy is explained in Logical Framework and highlighted in Composite Programme of Action as indicated in the next sub-sections.
The Municipal Medium-Term Plan proposals are presented in the Logical Framework (Log Frame) as shown in Table 4.1. The Log Frame gives the overall goal, purpose, output and activities as well as the corresponding targets.
The first column of the Log Frame indicates a narrative summary of the overall goal, purpose, the outputs and activities of the plan. The second column shows indicators of the elements of narrative summary that could be objectively verified in terms of quantity, quality and time. The third column deals with the sources of information to verify the levels of achievement. The fourth column presents the important assumptions necessary for the achievement of the elements of narrative summary.
As stated earlier, the overall goal, as envisaged in this plan, is to reduce poverty and improved living standards of the people in the district. This could be verified by indicators such as the percentage of communities with access to potable water, improved sanitation, gainful employment, BECE results and the spread of HIV/AIDS, among others. The targets attached to the various indicators are based on the district situation as well as regional, national and international standards. All the standards are critically assessed and debated before attaching to the various indicators as targets.
Means of verification include the reports and records available at the Municipal Assembly, Decentralised Departments, Ghana Health Service, District Education Office, and Ministry of Food and Agriculture at the district level as well as field visits and observation. The important assumptions for the achievement of the overall goal include fair distribution of income, commitments of District Assembly and health workers to implement programmes, favourable weather conditions, macro-economic stability, commitment of farmers to adopt modern technology and community members change their attitude.
Output and Activities of the Logical Framework
The output elements for the achievement of the purposes include improved facilities at market centres, access to credit/loan facilities improved, improved road conditions, micro, small and medium-scale industries promoted ,
employment opportunities created, teaching and learning and academic performance improved, health delivery system improved, women’s participation in decision making enhanced, DA sub-structures strengthened ete, etc. The corresponding activities of the output as well as the cost estimates are provided in Table 4.2.
The cost estimates are based on various stakeholder consultations and the existing projects and programmes of the District Assembly. The total budgeted cost of the medium-term plan is GH¢26,893,955.00.
Table 4.2 Output and Activities of the Logical Framework by Cost Estimates
1.1 Assembly’s Internally Generated Revenue increased
1.1 Employ the service of National Service Personnel to assist in revenue collection
1.2 Build and update database on all taxable entities in the district.
1.3 Equip the Revenue Unit with logistics.
1.4 Retrain all Revenue collectors.
Involve and educate stakeholders on the need to assist in revenue mobilisation.
Effectively monitor revenue collectors to check cheating/leakages.
Micro, small and medium scale industries promoted
Ensure easy acquisition of land.
Build capacity and provide credit to prospective small scale Industrialists.
2.1.3 Introduction appropriate modern technology
Tourism potential developed
Provide receptive facilities e.g. water, accommodation,
good roads & electricity.
Publish the tourism potentials in the district.
Partner with the private sector to invest in the Tourism
Public-Private Partnership promoted
Publish investible and profitable ventures in the district to
attract the private sector
Provide flexible laws for the private sector
Encourage and support local economic development (LED)
Corporate entities prompted to honour their social responsibilities
Liaise with the corporate entities to provide their social
responsibilities promptly and adequately
2.5Qualified contractors to work in the district
2.5.1 Selection of only competent and qualified contractors to
work in the district
Overall performance of Agricultural sector improved
Train 100 Farmer Based Organisations in improved
Train 400 rice farmers to adopt water management
Practices and alternative livelihood
3.1.3 Increase extension services to farmers
3.1.4 Increase veterinary services district wide
Conduct community education on post harvest handling
and preservation of farm produce.
Set-up 15 Farmers Field Schools to disseminate the IPM
Support the development and introduction of climate
resilient, high yielding, disease and pest resistant crop
Educate 15,000 farmers group to go into the production of
other crops such as black peppers, citrus, vegetables and
livestock farming, fish farming, mushroom farming, snail
rearing and bee keeping
Establish 4 agro-processing factories in the district
Educate farmers/enterprises on the need to pay back
Encourage financial institutions to reduce
collateral securities for loans
3.1.12 onstruct 40 lockable stores in the district
3.1.13 Rehabilitate old markets in the district
3.1.14 Completion of a Business centre (Market stores)
3.1.15 Completion of 1 No. 4-Units lockable & 24-Units Stalls
Sustainable natural resources exploitation and management ensured
Facilitate alternative livelihoods including eco-tourism
support schemes for fringe communities along protected
Involve communities in the strategies for natural resource
Promote the use of LPG as alternative sources of energy by
Vigorously pursue land reclamation and national
aforestation programme in degraded areas
Enforce environmental by-laws to protect the environment
from pollution and destruction
Intensify public awareness on the impacts of climate
3.2.7 Promote the use of energy efficiency in all aspect of social
and economic life
3.2.8 Increase capacity of NADMO to deal with the impacts of
4.1 Roads conditions improved
4.1.1 Service the assembly grader regularly.
4.1.2 Solicit funds and support from our Development
4.1.3 Liaise with Ghana Highways Authority and Department
of Feeder Roads to reshape and rehabilitate road.
4.1.4 Construct 5km of feeder roads with culverts annually
4.1.5 Reshape 200 km of feeder roads district wide.
4.1.6 Construct concrete footbridge
4.1.7 Complete paving of durbar grounds
4.2 Electricity in 20 communities expanded and
4.2.1 Procure 200 high and low tension electric poles
4.2.2Support government rural electrification project
4.2.3Procure generator for use by the DA
4.2.4Provide street lights and other electrical appliances to major towns
4.3 Social amenities improved
4.3.1 Increase ICT facilities in the district
4.3.2 Construct community centres
4.4 Access to potable water supply improved
4.4.1 Construct 20 boreholes and hand-dug wells in all major
communities by District Assemblies, NGOs and Donors.
4.4.2Pay Partner contribution of DA to the provision of small town
pipe water system in two communities.
4.4.3Rehabilitate all broken down boreholes district wide.
4.4.4Equip DWST to undertake community water animation.
4.4.5Train selected community artisans to handle water equipment.
4.4.6Strengthen co-ordination among stakeholders in potable water
4.5 Environmental sanitation and personal hygiene improved
4.5.1 Provide & rehabilitate 8 public toilets in the district
4.5.2Sensitise stake holders in major communities to generate interest
in the new low cost-domestic toilet.
4.5.3Train 30 artisans in construction of new improved private toilets.
4.5.4Procure & maintain sanitary equipment for major towns and market centres.
4.5.5Provision of proper waste disposal sites and evacuation of refuse
4.5.6Organise public education in all major communities on environmental cleanliness and personal hygiene.
4.5.7Strengthen the environmental health unit to sustain public
education on the environment.
4.5.8 Partner with private sector to manage waste (plastic waste)
3.5.9 Construct/complete slaughter house and meat shops in major towns.
4.6 Proper planning scheme drawn
4.6.1 Prepare planning schemes
4.6.2Educate and support households to maintain and provide
basic housing facilities
4.6.3 Enforce/ /ensure development control measures.
4.6.4 Extension of the street naming and property numbering programme
5.1 Teaching and learning in schools and academic performance improved
5.1.1 Provide 20 classroom blocks for KG, primary and JHS.
5.1.2 Provide adequate teaching and leaving materials.
5.1.3 Construct/complete 4 teachers’ quarters.
5.1.4 Rehabilitate 8 old school blocks
5.15 Provide scholarship for teacher trainees in training colleges and needy but brilliant students particularly girls.
5.1.6 Strengthen capacity of untrained teachers.
5.1.7 Construct Dormitory Block
5.1.8 Supply 3000 dual and mono desks
5.1.9 Support to School feeding programme
5.2 Quality health care delivery enhanced
5.2.1 Construct and equip 2 health centres and 5 clinics/CHPS Compounds
5.2.2 Renovate 6 existing health facilities.
5.2.3 Construct 4 nurses quarters
5.2.4 Encourage private sector participation in health delivery system.
5.2.5 To solicit support from Donors/NGOs to implement health programmes.
5.2.6 Provide scholarships for indigenous students and health personnel in health institutions.
5.2.7 Provide personnel incentive package to reduce attrition rate of staff
5.2.8 Intensify and support public education on malnutrition, malaria and other public health
5.3 The spread of HIV/AIDS reduced drastically
5.3.1 Use the District AIDS Committee to carry out education on Behavioural change and stigmatisation in communities.
5.3.2Train the Assembly members, opinion leaders & chiefs and equip them to assist with Behavioural change campaigns.
5.3.3Use audio visual equipment to assist in community education on HIV/AIDS and dispel myths about its spread.
5.3.4Establish counselling centres at major health facilities
5.3.5 Support PLWHS
5.4 Employment opportunities created
5.4.1 Employ 160 youth under National Youth and Employment Programme and SMEs.
5.4.2 Train 100 women in soap, powder and pomade making.
5.4.3 Disseminate information on type and usage of appropriate technology among artisans and technicians.
5.4.4 Support income generating activities especially women
5.5 People interest to adopt modern family planning practices increased
5.5.1 Intensify public education on the use and importance of modern contraceptives
5.5.2 Ensure easy access to family planning methods in the communities
5.5.3 Intensify public education on the negative effects of teenage pregnancy
5.6 Worst forms of child labour eliminated and child development enhanced
5.6.1 Educate/sensitise communities on dangers associated with child labour
5.6.2 Support affected children to go back to school or learn a trade
5.6.3 Strictly enforce the laws protect the right of the child
5.6.4 Support early childhood development programmes
5.7 Support for the vulnerable and excluded increased.
5.7.1 Sensitise all communities on the need to register the vulnerable and excluded.
5.7.2 Provide a motor bike and computer and accessories to Social Welfare Department.
5.7.3 Remove all barriers to women participation in local governance
5.7.4 Support to annual get-to-get for the aged
5.7.5 Support Area Councils to organise the aged to share with their peers and larger community at the community centres
5.7.6 Give support and credit to 20 PWPDS to learn skills, 18 children with physically disabilities to go to school
6.1 Sub-district level structure strengthened
6.1.1 Organise training workshop for Area Councillors and Unit Committees.
6.1.2 Train 54 Assembly members on their roles and responsibilities.
6.1.3 Liaise with MLGRD Donors and Philanthropists to provide logistics for Area Councils and Unit Committees.
6.1.4 Provide motivation for Area Councillors and Unit Committees.
6.1.5 Build office accommodation for area councils
6.2 Gender inequality drastically reduced
6.2.1 Mainstream gender issues in socio-economic development of the district.
6.2.2 Educate men and women on their roles in the society.
6.2.3 Bridge the gap between boys and girls in schools
6.2.4 Educate men to support their wives during pregnancy
6.2.5 Reduce domestic violent especially against woman
6.2.6 Train 400 young men and women in entrepreneurship development
6.3 Logistics, accommodation and other office equipment for DA & other departments provided
6.3.1 Procure and maintain logistics and other office equipment
6.3.2 Renovate office and residential buildings of the assembly and other departments
6.3.3 Construct office and residential accommodation for DA and other departments’ staff
6.4 Women participation in decision making at all levels enhanced
6.4.1 Educate women on their rights, roles and responsibilities.
6.4.2 Appoint and motivate more women to serve on DA sub-committees, area councils, unit committees, etc.
6.4.3 Educate, encourage and support women to seek elective positions.
6.4.4 Solicit financial support from NGOs/ Donors, etc. to support women activities.
6.4.5 Give revolving funds and loans to 50 women annually.
6.4.6 Remove all barriers that militate against women participation and empowerment.
6.4.7 Allocate more stores, stalls to women traders
6.5 Efficient and effective M&E system established
6.5.1 Provide adequate logistical & financial support to M&E exercises
6.5.2 Strictly follow M&E systems put in place in the district
6.5.3 Build the capacity of DA staff
6.5.4 Preparation of the 2014 -2017 DMTDP
6.6 Existing collaboration DA and traditional
6.6.1 Regular interactions between DA and traditional authorities
6.62 Ensure citizens participation in development process or decision making process
authorities as well as the citizens strengthened.
4.3 Broad Composite Programme of Action
The Broad Composite Programme of Action covers the 4-year planning period. It consists of a prioritised set of programme activities and their costs, which are intended to enhance the achievement of the objectives of the plan for the Medium-Term period under the GSGDA II as shown Table 4.
INDICATIVE FINANCIAL PLAN (2014-2017)
The beautiful, well designed and co-ordinated poverty reduction programmes/strategies towards improving the living standards of the people are meaningless if the needed resources are not mobilized both locally and externally to execute them within the plan period of 2014-2017.
The indicative financial plan deals with the strategies to be adopted to mobilize resources both internally and externally and utilize financial resources for DMTDP. It also indicates total cost of financing the plan for the entire plan period.
The strategies for the funds/resources mobilization and utilization cover:
Source of funding from IGF from local resources.
Source of funding from Central Government in-flows such as DACF, GETFUND etc.
Source of funding from Donor/ NGOs, CBOs and other development partners such as IDA, EU, DANIDA, JICA, DFID, USAID, CBRDP, AfDB, FOAT/DDF etc. The detailed financial projections for local and external sources are indicated in Tables 4.4 and 4.5.
Table 4.4: Annual Resource Mobilization Sources
Annual Budget Resources Mobilization Sources
Percentage Resource Allocation for each Year
(IGF & others)
Donors (NGOs, DDF,EU etc) GH¢
Donors (NGOs, DDF, EU etc)
DPCU Estimates, BAB District, 2014
Table 4.5: Percentage Resource Allocation for both Local and External Sources
Absolute Figures in (GH¢)
DPCU Estimates, BAB District, 2014
The detail activities, time frame, location, output, indicators, the annual budget provision/allocation for each activity and implementing agencies have been clearly spelt out in the Annual Action Plan 2014-2017 in table 5.1-5.4.
The total budget for the planned activities including contingency, ie the entire plan is GH¢26,893,955 whilst the budget for the first year (2014) is GH¢7,674,575.00
Clearly spell out financial control measures indicated below have been put in place to ensure that the limited resources are spent within budget and avoid misappropriation of funds. This will ensure value for money and enhance development partners and people’s confidence in the district.
The Value Books are controlled by the District Finance Officer and kept in a safe and locked.
Stock Register for the issuing of the Value Books to the Revenue Superintendent.
Money Collected are paid intact daily into the Assembly’s Account at the bank.
The Revenue Superintendent has comprehensive data for all the revenue items.
All completed Value Books are returned to the Finance Officer fully accounted for before new ones are used.
The Internal Auditor periodically checks the Revenue Collectors by examining their Cash Books.
All expenditures are initiated by Memo approved by the Spending Officer.
Payment Vouchers are prepared based on the Budget Line on the expenditure items.
All Payment Vouchers are pre-audited before cheques are raised.
All cheques are counter signed by the District Finance Officer (DFOs) and District
Co-ordinating Director (DCD).
All signed checques are registered before issue to payee.
Proper Books of accounts are kept and all transactions are recorded dairy.
Monthly Books Reconciliation Statements are prepared by the schedule officers and review by the District Finance Officer (DFO).
Financial reports are prepared and submitted to Regional Co-ordinating Council (RCC), Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD), Controller and Account General and Auditor General.
MUNICIPAL ANNUAL ACTION PLAN
Development plans, which are not executed, or are ineffectively implemented, are next to nothing and they become a total waste of the scarce financial resources, time and energy. In consonance with the Local Government Act, 1993 (Act 462) which designates each Assembly as the District Planning Authority, the BAB District Assembly therefore has the mandate to oversee the formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of this development plan. As with other plans, this plan is beset with its fair share of constraints such as inadequate human, material and financial resources.
The tendency is for the District Assembly to depend on the resources from external bodies such as the Central Government, Non-Governmental Organisations, bilateral and multi-lateral donor agencies which may either delay or not be forthcoming thereby leading to plan implementation failure. To overcome such unfortunate situation, it is strongly recommended that resources available in the district be effectively and efficiently mobilised and utilised. The improvement of revenue generation and the judicious use of the District Assembly resources coupled with private sector initiative and community participation are important for effective plan implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
Community involvement, especially in the areas of financial contributions and communal labour, is essential. The idea is that local human, physical and financial resources are to be mobilised and managed properly for sustainable development. External sources of funds should be seen as auxiliaries to facilitate local efforts.
PLAN IMPLEMENTATION ARRANGEMENTS
The implementation of the plan (as detailed out by the Annual Action Plans in Table 5.1-5.4) entails the involvement of all development actors, both inside and outside the district.
Responsibilities of the Development Actors in Plan Implementation
The institutions, organisations and individuals whose responsibilities are crucial for the achievement of the overall goal of this plan are the District Assembly, Sector Departments, Central Government/Ministries/Agencies, Non-Governmental Organisations, Communities, Socio-economic groups and private sector.
a. The Municipal Assembly
The Municipal Assembly is the overseer of the plan implementation. It is to formulate appropriate policies to enable smooth implementation. The Central Administration of the District Assembly is required to perform the following functions:
· Provision and management of funds mobilised within the district.
· Provision and management of funds for projects and activities that require central government funding.
· Co-ordination, integration, monitoring and evaluation of the programmes and projects by setting terms of reference and a
framework for co-ordination and co-operation among institutions and sector departments involved in the implementation of the plan.
· Provision of competent administrative and technical staff to facilitate the plan implementation.
· Identification of and due response to implementation bottlenecks that relate to legal, concessional and administrative issues.
· Identification, invitation, persuasion and attraction of potential investors into the district.
· Facilitation of effective information flow system to enable all development actors know what is happening at various
locations at a particular time.
· Ensuring periodic revision of the plan implementation, procedures and cost estimates in response to the changing circumstances.
a. Sector Departments
The decentralised departments are the implementers and facilitators of the plan. They are to invest and share technical advice with the District Assembly, individuals, NGOs and other institutions. The relevant sector departments are required to provide objective comments and advice on technical feasibility of Municipal Assembly, community and private projects. They are also to inform and discuss with the Assembly, community, private sector and other organisations the policies and programmes of the sector ministries and central government to enable sound decision-making towards development. They are to provide data and information relevant for making rational decisions. Furthermore, they are to assist the District Assembly to create awareness, monitor and evaluate programmes and projects in the district over the plan period.
b. Central Government/Ministries
The Central Government/Ministries/Agencies such as Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD), Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), Ministry of Health (MOH) and Ministry of Education (MOE) should facilitate the implementation of the plan through provision of human, material and financial resources to the relevant sector projects. They are to assist the District Assembly to identify, invite, persuade and attract inter-governmental organisations and non-governmental organisations into the district.
c. Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs)/Donor Agencies
NGOs/Donor Agencies are important implementers and facilitators who often provide funds, materials and technical assistance to some projects in the plan. Their assistance tends to facilitate the efforts of the District Assembly and communities towards development. Their activities should be co-ordinated by the District Assembly to ensure effective and efficient mobilisation and utilisation of local and external resources.
Communities are implementers, investors and beneficiaries of the plan. Their notable contribution is in terms of communal labour, financial contribution, local materials and indigenous technical knowledge. They must be involved at all stages of the plan process to ensure success and sustainability of the plan. They are not to over rely on external support but to see it as a supplementary to local initiative and self-help efforts.
e. Private Sector
The private sector has a crucial role to play with regard to transport, commerce, small-scale industry, agriculture, tourism, natural resource extraction and protection of the environment. It is important that the District Assembly and the central government provide the private sector with the enabling environment.
When the enabling environment is created, it is expected that groups and associations such as Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU), Market Women’s Association, Seamstresses and Tailors’ Association, Hairdressers’ Association and Farmers Association will play a major role in the mobilisation, co-ordination and implementation of some development activities within the plan.
ANNUAL ACTION PLANS 2010 – 2013
The Annual Action Plans for this Medium Term Development Plan are presented in Tables 5.1- 5.4. The annual plans detail out the various activities, time frame, location, output indicators, annual budget, and implementing agencies. The activities in the plan are phased into Annual Action Plans, as shown by the time frame. The criteria for selection of activities / projects to start from the first year are:
a. Projects that will generate income for the District Assembly;
b. Projects that involve long implementation period;
c. Projects that will improve the socio-economic status of the majority of the people especially the vulnerable;
d. Projects that will create enabling environment;
e. Projects that will enhance capacity building; and
f. Projects that will enhance the implementation of subsequent projects.
For some activities, the same physical inputs will be used. For example, the same equipment can be used to undertake activities such as awareness creation to enable farmers to adopt improved agronomic practices, public education on civic responsibility, and create awareness and train communities on maintenance of water facilities. This implies that some equipment and materials need to be centralised at the District Administration for use by the various development partners. This would help minimise cost.
The total budget for the planned activities including contingency is GH¢ 26,893,955. The budget for the first year is GH¢7,674,575.00. The sources of the cost estimates of various activities/facilities include:
· Public Works Department (PWD)
· Department of Feeder Roads
· Ghana Highway Authority
· Regional Health Administration
· Ministry of Food and Agriculture
· Ministry of Education
· Community Water and Sanitation Agency; and
· District Administration.
Due to time and financial constraints, it may be necessary to roll certain activities involving large sums of money into the future planning period. Such activities include construction of staff quarters for DA workers, security personnel and provision of small towns pipe water systems, roads, etc.
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