The Local Economic Development Plan for Kilwa is available in the document library!

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The Local Economic Development Plan for Kilwa is available in the document library!

The DLIST planning is a process in which all stakeholders have worked collectively, with the local community at the centre stage of the planning process, to create better conditions for economic growth and employment generation - to create a Local Economic Development (LED) Plan for Kilwa Kiswani. This plan is now finalised and is available in the DLIST document library at the following link;

There are five sections to the LED Plan. The first section provides an Introduction with essential background, the purpose of the plan and a basic description of the area covered by the plan. Section 2 explains the Methodology in a fair amount of detail, and the third section presents the Outcomes of the consultative process and a questionnaire survey enriched with the desktop work that may impact on local economic development. The fourth section provides an elaborated Strategy and Implementation Plan for the development of Kilwa Kisiwani community. The plan is linked to a 1 and 5 years timeframe with indicators for achievement and the possible partners who could be engaged in the implementation of the plan. The implementation plan is developed by the EcoAfrica consultant’s team, but mainly shows how long time each activity is estimated to take once implementation starts. It should be noted that at the time of writing this report, no funding has been secured to initiate implementation.

The Kilwa Kisiwani community is well aware of the heritage wealth (ruins) and the rich coastal and marine resources they occupy in the area. Moreover, they are aware of the environmental problems, both on land and in the marine environment. For this fact, they are eager to collaborate with the government and other partners in making their village a better place to live. The community members therefore participated actively in the development of the LED Plan. Other stakeholders (including government departments and authorities as well as NGOs) have also been most cooperative in the collective planning exercise.

Thirty nine major issues/weaknesses that hinder sound development have been identified through the consultative process and supportive research. These issues are targeted by nine proposed areas of intervention. The principal main areas of intervention include; the development of a Multi-Purpose Resource Centre (MPRC), the creation of an enabling environment for business, general assistance to the fishing community, overall improvement of social services, development of heritage and tourism in the area (involving the community), encouragement of private sector involvement, overall infrastructure development, good governance, and the inclusion of Indigenous Knowledge (IK). Some areas of intervention cover more than one issue, and some issues cut across several areas of intervention.

The LED Plan is a vehicle to guide both local and national government when designing projects around Kilwa Kisiwani. It can also inform donor funding and private sector involvement and most importantly, the LED Plan can help to coordinate the multi-sector efforts at making the Kilwa Kisiwani community a better place to live while safeguarding the rich cultural and natural resources, particularly the ruins and the coastal and marine resources, as well as maintaining the integrity of the World Heritage Site. Above all, the LED Plan also reminds the inhabitants and different interest groups in Kilwa Kisiwani of what they strive towards collectively, as a local community who has a key role to play in the unfolding of the plan which, after all, is theirs. The LED Plan crystallizes the ground level agenda and, at a country level has the potential to become a remarkable example of a ‘top down, bottom up’ approach to local economic development.