The conception and implementation of the policy on Community Driven Local Development (CDLD) is a transformation breakthrough in the development history of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The implementation of the policy, rolled out in the six districts of Malakand Division (Chitral, Lower Dir, Malakand, Shangla, Swat and Upper Dir) is enabling the district authorities in identifying the priority needs of the citizens through participatory bottom-up planning. It is also contributing towards improving the lives and livelihoods of the citizens by engaging them in development initiatives which are directly benefiting them.
The CDLD Policy goal is to achieve sustainable improvement in the coverage and quality of frontline public service delivery through the active involvement of local communities. The Policy has been developed to achieve the following key objectives:
- Put in place a fiscal and regulatory framework which can help the local communities in executing local development / service delivery initiatives.
- Build the capacity of government line departments at the district level to be able to operationalise the CDLD Policy.
- Provide an enabling environment to community based organisations (working on behalf of target communities) to access funds allocated for CDLD projects.