QUETTA: The Balochistan government is working on an innovative community-led local governance (CLLG) policy under which the mobilised communities would play a key role in the development process.

According to speakers at a workshop organised here on Thursday, the policy is being designed with support from the EU-funded Balochistan Rural Development and Community Empowerment (BRACE) Programme (2017 – 2022) and the BRACE Technical Assistance (TA) Project. It is being implemented by DAI Consultants.

The Local Government and Rural Development Department (LG&RDD) of the provincial government is leading the development of this innovative CLLG policy.

The first and significant step taken by the government for the purpose last year was to include registered and mobilised communities as equal partners in local government/councils.

The provincial CLLG policy is being finalised and made ready for adoption next year.

Among other speakers were Qadir Nayal, Chairperson of the standing committee on local government, and Sardar Saleh Mohammad Bhotani, Minister for Local Government.

Published in Dawn, December 10th, 2021

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