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Collation of indicators for District League Table must be non-partisan – NDPC

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The National Development Planning Commission has called on its officers at the various Municipal and District Assemblies in the Upper East Region to focus on policy delivery devoid of politics.

It said their function is to coordinate and collate the indicators of the district league table that aim at improving resource allocations and the provision of quality service among assemblies. 

It was made known in Bolgatanga at the post-launch preparation of the 2022 District League Table on the theme: “Generating Evidence for Addressing Unequal Access to Services and Development Opportunities for Children”. 

Addressing the officers, the National Development Planning Officer at the Commission, Isaac Kwesi Eweh, indicated that the launch was done in December 2022 through a collaborative effort between his outfit and UNICEF. 

He explained that the DLT (District League Table) was a simple ranking tool for assessing, comparing, and tracking development in Metropolitan, Municipal, and District areas (MMDs) based on selected indicators. 

“The report complements efforts to strengthen the national monitoring and evaluation system. It also provides evidence on levels of disparities across the regions and districts, and could be used to inform priorities, strategies, and programmes”.  

He stressed that “Decades of implementation of the decentralisation system have targeted improving resource allocation and provision of quality of service to bridge the wide disparities in wellbeing among district assemblies. The system, nevertheless, has been plagued with challenges impeding development, which has resulted in a significant segment of the population being left behind with regard to service delivery and quality of life. This is another reason why the DLT has been institutionalised to improve evidence-based planning and further exact results from the implementation of district medium-term plans.”

“The DLT helps the government gain a better understanding of the status of citizens’ wellbeing across the districts in the country. It also encourages the best performing MMDs to sustain their efforts while the worst performing district assemblies are identified and provided the requisite support to address their challenges. The DLT follows a bigger objective of generating action by Government and its MDAs toward ensuring better prioritisation and equitable resource allocation while engendering positive competition among MMDs and stimulating good performance.

The NDPC will be making constant reference to the results of the DLT in its interactions with various state bodies like the Office of the President, Parliament, the Ministry of Finance, and international development organisations to ensure that investments and support are targeted at the low-ranking Districts”, he added.

He showed appreciation to various actors for their support and contribution in realising the smooth participation of the initiative. 

“I want to take this opportunity to thank the RCCs and all MMDAs for your collaboration in making the 2021 DLT a success. I therefore call on all MMDAs and other stakeholders to strengthen their commitment towards this tool; effectively engage and communicate the findings to Assembly Members and citizens during their Public Hearings and Town Hall meetings; conduct further studies on some of the findings; and ensure recommendations of the 2021 DLT are followed through to ensure better results for our children and people at the local level. As we start the eighth edition of the DLT, I would want all stakeholders to lend their support by ensuring the necessary information is provided for the analysis.”

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1 MHz|Moses Apiah|Ghana


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