By; Vincent Gunde
MINISTRY OF INFORMATION ESTABLISHES DSMC IN COUNCILS
The ministry of Information, Civic Education and Communication Technology has rolled out the establishments of District Social Mobilization Committees( DSMC) in 20 districts of the country and is remaining with 8 including Dowa.
Pic: Milca Chimbanga Manyozo…. MSCM support coordination and collaboration of government partners, NGOs, traditional and religious leaders
National Social mobilization Committee ( NSMC) and District Social mobilization Committee ( DSMC) are government instituted groups geared to coordinate community engagement activities in disaster preparedness response and recovery in collaboration with other partners leaving no stone unturned to achieve social and behavior change communications in the country.
Speaking during a District executive council committee meeting held at the boma in Dowa, the ministry’s secretariat officer, Milca Chimbanga, said the core objective of NSMC is to serve an advisory role to the Directorates of seven line ministries with provision of strategic direction and technical assistance in planning programme, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
Chimbanga said government established the NSMC in an effort to increase attention and support in the area of social and behavior change communication ( SBCC) and to increase demand and utilization of basic.
She said the NSCM has an objective of supporting coordination and collaboration amongst all government partners , NGOs, private sectors or organizations , religious and traditional leaders to achieve its purpose.
The officer said the NSMC will guide and support consolidation and harmonization of community strategies, interventions and standardization of all existing SBCC.
She said NSMC will provide support towards the implementation of Community for Development ( C4D): activities in emergencies in districts such as Karonga, Ntchisi, Chikwawa, Mulanje, Phalombe, Zomba and Machinga.
In his remarks, Dowa District council’s Acting Director of Planning and Development, Yusuf Laki, assured the ministry that the committee to be established will work to achieve the intended outcomes.
Laki said the council on its own cannot work effectively and efficiently, hence the need for the ministry to support it so that in future when the officials come to see the impact ,their should be the difference.
The ministry of Information is remaining with districts such as Chitipa, Likoma, Kasungu, Dowa, Ntchisi, Neno , Chiradzulu and Thyolo to have District Social mobilization committees be rolled out.