212 community roads done under CDB project -consultant
A monitoring and evaluation forum yesterday heard that 212 roads have been completed under a Caribbean Development Bank-funded programme.
The Ministry of Housing and Water in collaboration with the Local Government Ministry hosted the forum to analyse fndings of the mid-term evaluation of the US$18.7M Community Roads Improvement Programme (CRIP).
According to the Government Information Agency, the evaluation was undertaken by Consultant, Erica Rapier, who was taken on in 2011 to develop a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation system for the programme.
The project is being implemented by the Ministries of Housing and Water and Local Government and Regional Development.
CRIP’s Project Coordinator, Karen Roopchand explained that the Housing Ministry has added to its agenda, CRIP, to ensure that infrastructure in existing areas is on par with the new development.
GINA said that sustainability is a key consideration under the CRIP and one of its major components is the improvement of the Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) and Regional Democratic Councils (RDCs) which are the institutions responsible for maintaining the infrastructure.
The NDCs in particular have been weakened by the absence of local government elections. These were last held in 1994.
In addition to the rehabilitated roads, GINA said NDC and RDC staff are trained under the CRIP in areas such as administration and finance, information technology, service delivery and governance.