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Project Components
- Plan Implementation

The principal result of this component is a greater level of accountability by Government ministries in relation to the implementation of priorities outlined in the CDPs.  In order to achieve the goals laid out in the CDP, all stakeholders are actively engaged in its implementation. These include local authorities, residents associations, property owners, business owners, and community groups. Several tools are to be put in place in order to ensure the successful medium- to long-term implementation of planned projects.

CDP Implementation Committee:

Government buy-in during a CDP process requires a combination of linking selected community priorities with appropriate government agencies, working with credible community and government champions, using the media strategically, being sensitive to the budgetary and political cycles and consulting with key decision makers within government agencies.  To this end, it was important to establish an Implementation Committee early in the CDP process comprising representatives of the key Public Sector Agencies to be accountable for the implementation of priority projects in the CDPs. During Project monitoring and evaluation and subsequent discussions with the CH&PA leadership it was decided the Project will have to rely on an existing coordination committee at CH&PA, called the Inter-Agency Coordinating Committee (ICC). As the ICC has members of these same Public Sector Agencies, relying on this entity would avoid duplicating efforts and over-saturating existing committee members. The ICC meets quarterly to ensure they are all on target with the IDB Infrastructure Development Projects. The head of the Planning and Settlement Development Department is to ensure that the ICC knows about the Project and is aware of community projects that are identified.

The Project has been invited to attend several of the quarterly ICC meetings and make a presentation on the Project, its achievements to date and the status of CDPs. The presentation at the next ICC meeting will focus on updating members about the approval of CDPs and the implementation of CDP priorities.

CDP Implementation Plan:

An implementation plan is to be prepared during the CDP process in the form of a comprehensive spreadsheet. Both the plan and the attached spreadsheet are formally adopted by the approving agency. The intent is for the relevant ministries and senior staff to justify capital projects and program expenditures by making explicit reference to the appropriate CDP and the attached spreadsheet. This has the effect of linking action items identified in the plan to the budgeting process.

Community Development Micro-Projects:

A further tool is the reliance on small-scale community demonstration projects funded by the project budget. These projects are linked to identified priorities and are intended mainly to build and strengthen community commitment to the project. Descriptions of the two Community Development Micro-Projects can be found on the Community Development Plans page.

CIP Interns assist in the implementation of the Community Development Micro-Projects as well as community visioning and project prioritization exercises. Interns assigned to the Community Development department have each been assigned responsibility by the Community Development Specialist for engaging the stakeholders and residents in several housing schemes where CDPs are being prepared. It is hoped that Intern involvement will contribute to the successful implementation of the community projects which will arise from the community meetings.

Plan documentation, monitoring and reporting:

CDPs include several actions which build clear and strong lines of accountability between different stakeholders within the State, local authorities and the community. The CDP process includes careful and consistent documentation of decisions taken at community meetings. This documentation is made widely available to stakeholders and the general public. A second dimension is to bring relevant government officials into the community dialogue at strategic points in the process.  Finally, the CDP process is intended to include a system of plan monitoring and reporting. All stakeholders have an opportunity to monitor the improvements in their community. The monitoring and reporting function also serves as a feedback loop for government, connecting it to the reality of individual neighbourhoods. The equivalent of a full time Implementation Planner will be tasked with following up on commitments, and monitoring and reporting on progress towards implementation.