CDLD Programme

For the implementation of the CDLD Policy, the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa launched the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Community-Driven Local Development Programme for the six districts of Malakand Division, including Chitral, Lower Dir, Malakand, Shangla, Swat and Upper Dir.

The programme is providing technical assistance to the Provincial Government for the successful implementation of the CDLD Policy. The programme also works closely with the target district authorities through its field offices in all the target districts.

To support the implementation of the CDLD Policy, the European Union is providing budget support of Euros 64 million to be spent during the four budget years between 2014 and 2018. This financial assistance will help the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to sustain adequate fiscal space in the budget for rural development driven by local communities in Malakand Division.

“Citizen participation through community development initiatives is key to achieving the goals of transparency, accountability and ensuring equity based inclusiveness in development. In this way, responsiveness of state institutions is being ensured, which in turn creates trust among the citizens in the state institutions.”

1. Institutional arrangement for CDLD Policy implementation

The three-tiered institutional arrangement for the implementation of the programme comprises of the following:

a. Policy Coordination and Review Committee (PCRC)

The PCRC under the chairmanship of Finance Secretary is responsible for the overall guidance on the operationalisation of the CDLD Policy, reviewing the progress of its implementation and making recommendation on the refinement of policy parameters.

b. CDLD Coordination Unit (assigned to the Local Government and Rural Development Department's CDLD Policy Implementation Unit)

The CDLD Coordination Unit provides secretarial functions to the PCRC to monitor and coordinate the CDLD Policy implementation. CDLD Coordinator is the chair of the CDLD Coordination Unit.

c. District Development Committee (DDC)

The DDC under the chairpersonship of the Deputy Commissioner is the management body of the programme in the target districts. The DDC is responsible for the implementation of the programme within the respective districts.

2. Composition of funds under the CDLD Policy

Funding for community projects under CDLD is based on two components; district shares for grants to CBOs for executing projects and running cost of the programme implementation.

a. Funds for CDLD grants

Allocation for projects to the district is made under the PFC formula (elaborated under point 3) as applicable and release of these funds to the concerned districts is made on the basis of projects approved by the DDC.

b. Funds for running cost

Budget allocations equal to approximately 7.21% of the total yearly budget extended for CDLD has been allocated for the running costs of the programme with a breakup of:

Pool of engineers 4.06%
Districts administration 1.60%
Continuous audit 1.16%
Commissioner office 0.07%
CDLD Policy Implementation Unit / Local Government and Rural Development Department 0.32%
Total running cost approx 7.21%

3. Gender equality and inclusion through women specific projects

The Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is committed to advancing equality between females and males, and empowering women and girls to participate fully in the social, political and economic aspects of their societies as well as benefit from the development of their societies. Annually, about 15% budget will be allocated for women specific projects in a district. Gender equality will be addressed through integration of gender considerations in all project aspects and phases including identification, design, planning, implementation, management, monitoring, and evaluation. All CDLD grants will support the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa goals towards gender equality and inclusion of marginalised groups (such as persons with disabilities, youth, women, elderly, etc.). Grantee CBOs will be requested to pay special attention to gender and inclusion as a cross cutting theme and an integral part of their proposed interventions. The Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will work with all CBOs to ensure that grant projects and activities address gender issues in a manner consistent with its policies.