Preparatory Grant for Development of Lilongwe CDS



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Secondary Cities
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Lesson Learned for Cities Alliance Members and Partners
There must be a strong leadership which is committed towards to CDS change process. It is also very crucial to ensure that all key stakeholders participate right from the start so there is ownership of the entire CDS process. Mentorship program has played a vital role and it is very helpful for beginner cities. There is a need for consistent follow up with the partners in order to maintain the momentum. In terms of scaling up, all the other three cities (Blantyre, Zomba and Mzuzu) have been participating in all our major workshops – these were learning platforms for possible replication of CDS process in their cities. The Government of Malawi jointly with UN-Habitat has made a grant application to Cities Alliance for country wide CDS and Slum Upgrading. The Lilongwe CDS has therefore been taken as a learning platform for other cities on how to approach CDS.


Framed within a window of opportunity created by the Malawi government in its formulation of the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy under the theme “From Poverty to Prosperity”, the Lilongwe City Assembly proposes to create a CDS through a participatory process spearheaded by a dedicated Task Force and through the mentorship of the city of Johannesburg. The City Assembly of Lilongwe seeks assistance to develop a proposal for a CDS in this preparatory phase with an aim to subsequently develop full scale CDS and implement CDS recommendations in subsequent phases.
The main objective of this grant is to develop a proposal to create a CDS that would be based on the MDGs and the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy. The CDS will be aimed at: 1) Localizing the MDGs; 2) Managing sustainable urbanization; 3) Bringing stakeholders together; 4) Monitoring the achievement of the MDGs.
1) Holding preliminary meetings with key stakeholders, to identify how they would like to be involved in the process and how other stakeholders can be brought in 2) Develop terms of reference for consultant, commissioning and monitoring the consultant for the following key deliverables, a. Stakeholder analysis b. Donor Analysis (Alignment framework) c. Institutional scan d. Information Assessment (Audit of currently available development information) e. Preliminary analytical assessment of challenges and opportunities 3) Holding workshops for discussion of results of the commissioned work with the Task Force, CDS Forum and separately with other stake holders. 4) Invite contributions and input from a range of interest groups by hosting consultative meetings and workshops for communities, political leaders and other stakeholders. 5) Prepare draft CDS program proposals, allowing the Task Force and consultants to evaluate the process through interim reports; 6) Hold workshops to discuss CDS Framework and CDS proposal to CA 7) Submit final CDS proposal to Cities Alliance
Expected Impacts and Results
The outputs of the preparatory phase provided the basis for the formulation of the CDS. During this phase, partnerships were developed with local institutions as well as development partners. The developed CDS will be used by the Lilongwe City Assembly as a tool for effectively planning and managing the growth of the city, providing guidelines for resolving current issues and preventing future ones. Specifically, the CDS will be used in future slum upgrading programs and prevention of future slums through effective planning, and in achieving sustained urban mobility through well-planned expansion of infrastructure. In the process, the assembly reached out to as many stakeholders as it can, so that the second phase of the CDS will be vastly participatory.