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The Lilongwe Diocese of CCJP
Distributes Bicycles and Scooters
CCJP Diocese of Lilongwe last year distributed 100 mountain
bicycles and three scooters to 90 Community Based Educators
(CBEs) and three supervisors which will go a long way in
reducing transportation problems in the implementation of the
Parliamentary Liaison Project (PLP) which is being supported by
the Dan Church Aid (DCA).
The donation, which came as a gift from the Danish people
through DCA, follows recommendations from the Mid-term
Evaluation Review of the PLP pilot phase which ran from
2005-2007. The review identified a number of challenges
besetting the implementation of PLP which, among other things,
included transportation constraints.
It also observed that there was insufficient distribution of
CBEs as well as inadequate number of CBEs per constituency. As a
result, it was difficult for the CBEs to carry out their
activities effectively in their respective constituencies.
The bikes and scooters, therefore, will help ease communication
between the CBEs and their beneficiaries and result in the
attainment of the project goals, as the project, now in its
second phase (2007-2010), continues to benefit the communities
in Kasungu, Lilongwe and Ntchisi. The project is currently being
implemented in 16 constituencies as follows: 4 constituencies in
Kasungu; 11 constituencies in Lilongwe; and 2 constituencies in
The PLP overall goal is to contribute towards the protection and
empowerment of the marginalized poor, especially rural women, to
exercise and uphold their right to participate for increased
access and control of resources and services.
The expected long-term impact of the project is that women in
the districts of Lilongwe, Kasungu, and Ntchisi are assertive
citizens with increased control of their own development and
access to the benefit that accrue from it.
Besides the main objective/goals as highlighted above, other
immediate objectives of the project are as follows:
1. Strengthened participation of women in politics and decision
making position at all levels so that they are empowered to take
control of their resources, power and decision making.
2. Increased access to justice to women and other vulnerable
groups including the elderly and orphans against discriminatory
and negative harmful cultural; practices.
3. Improved monitoring of legislation and policies
4. Strengthened institutional capacity through gender
mainstreaming, auditing and advocacy among staff in CCJP for
effective implementation of the project
5. Strengthened coordination and collaboration among partners
and stakeholders for effective advocacy
Application of Lessons Leant to Other Related Programmes
The organisation has also drawn lessons from the implementation
of the PLP which will contribute towards effective
implementation of other projects as well, particularly the
Primary Justice project.
As a result of the lessons learnt from the PLP, CCJP has also
acquired 2240 bicycles for the implementation of the Primary
Justice project. The bicycles are being distributed to all the
1980 CBEs across the country, plus chiefs and T/As, to enable
them conduct awareness meetings in the communities, among other
things. The acquisition also includes 26 scooters for
The Primary Justice project, which is being implemented in all
the 28 districts with funding from UK’s Department for
International Development (DFID), is based on the way people
resolve conflicts, address issues, and access justice, using
their own resources.
It aims to build capacity for the informal justice service
providers in order for them to provide adequate, quality and