The District Assembly Common Fund initiated in 1994 has been the backbone behind almost all the Assembly’s development projects. Almost all communities have benefited from the fund in one way or another. The Assembly has as at December 2005 received an amount of 09,847,341,724.34 as its share of the Common Fund. The amounts received have primarily been spent in the areas of health, education, local government, water and sanitation and poverty reduction.
Development Problems Regarding Fiscal Management
The major problems regarding fiscal management include the following:
- Low revenue base for the assembly: This problem is in relation to revenue mobilization of the assembly. The IGF represents on the average only 11.4% of the total revenue that accrues to the Assembly annually. This means that the assembly depends much on funds from the central government. This situation is worsened by the delay of the District Assembly Common Fund.
- Inefficient allocation of financial resources: this problem which is in relation to the judicious use of resources within the district to reduce poverty serves as one of the paramount problems among all district assemblies within the country. This has been the situation because personnel involved in the usage of the limited resources do not have the requisite skills in the area of fiscal management. The absence of the involvement of the people in development issues also serves as one of the causes of such inefficiency.
On-Going Development Projects and Programmes in the District
As part of the socio-economic survey towards the plan preparation process, on-going development projects and programmes in the District were appropriately captured in order to minimize the incidence of resource duplication and waste of economic time and resources.
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