OVERVIEW OF THE PARISH DEVELOPMENT MODEL AND COMMUNITY MOBILIZATION, MINDSET CHANGE AND CROSS CUTTING ISSUES
Definition: The Parish Development Model is a Government strategy or approach for organizing and delivering public and private sector interventions for wealth creation and employment generation at the parish level as the lowest economic planning unit. This will ensure support for more Ugandans to increase their demand for goods and services.
Concept of the Parish Development Model: The Parish Development Model (PDM) is the last mile strategy for service delivery by Government of Uganda for improving incomes and welfare of all Ugandans at the household level. It is an extension of the whole-of-Government approach to development as envisaged under NDPIII, with the Parish as the lowest administrative and operational hub for delivering services closer to the people and hence foster local economic development. The PDM underlies the spirit of harmonization of Government interventions with every MDAs focusing on; delivering services closer to the people; and measurable results at the Parish level in order to ensure transformation of the subsistence households into the money economy. This transformation requires organized, integrated, well-coordinated and results-based efforts.
Policy and Regulatory Framework: Implementation of the PDM is premised on the following policy and legal frameworks:
Article 176, (2b, d, e and f)) of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda (1995 as amended) provides among others that; i. Decentralization as the principle applying to all levels of local government and, in particular, from higher to lower local government units, to ensure peoples’ participation and democratic control in decision making. ii. There shall be established for each Local Government Unit a sound financial base with reliable sources of revenue, iii. Appropriate measures shall be taken to enable Local Government Units to plan, initiate and execute policies in respect of all matters affecting the people within their jurisdiction.
The Local Government Act under Section 95 further provides that MOLG shall be responsible for Inspection, Monitoring and Coordination of Local Governments Section 96-97 of the Local Government Act provides that line Ministries shall be responsible for provision of Technical Support, Guidance, and Establishment of Minimum National Standards of Service Delivery. The PDM aligns for all these provisions through taking of the whole of government to the Parish and ensuring that each MDA plays its appropriate role.
For more details Please read the THE PARISH DEVELOPMENT MODEL COMMUNITY MOBILISATION AND MINDSET CHANGE OPERATIONAL MANUAL.