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Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development Empowers Local Authorities with Websites

The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development has undertaken a groundbreaking initiative to develop websites for all 116 Local Authorities in Zambia. 

The move aims to create a dedicated platform for each Local Authority to interact with the public, providing insights into various developmental projects and activities within their respective areas.

This proactive measure was spurred by the bolstering of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF), signifying a commitment to foster communication and collaboration between Local Authorities and the communities they serve.

To ensure the effective management of these websites, the Ministry identified three key categories of officers including Public Relations Officers, ICT Officers, and Social Economic Planners to be designated as Content Managers. 

These officers are currently undergoing comprehensive training to equip them with the necessary skills for managing and updating the websites of their respective Local Authorities.

The ongoing training session in Chibombo district has seen enthusiastic participation from the designated officers, highlighting the commitment to embracing digital platforms for community development. 

The training covers various aspects of website management, including content creation, updates on developmental projects, and fostering effective communication strategies to keep the public well-informed.

This initiative is expected to bridge the information gap, allowing citizens to stay informed about the initiatives and progress within their localities. 

The websites will serve as dynamic hubs for sharing updates on infrastructure projects, community programs, and other developmental undertakings, fostering a sense of community involvement and ownership.

The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development is optimistic that this initiative will not only enhance transparency but also empower citizens to actively participate in the developmental processes unfolding in their areas. 

As the training progresses, the Ministry remains committed to ensuring that local governance becomes more accessible, accountable, and participatory through these digital platforms.

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