About Local Authorities Capacity Enhancement Project (LACEP)

About Local Authorities Capacity Enhancement Project (LACEP) In December 2014, the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Zimbabwe released a grant to support a 30 months project aimed at strengthening the institutional and operational capacity of Local Authorities and the Associations of Local Authorities in Zimbabwe, the project titled Local Authorities Capacity Enhancement Project (LACEP) kicked off in January 2015 and concluded in June 2017. In March 2018 the European Union further approved a grant contract amounting to One million euros to VNG International to support a successor project of the Local Authorities Capacity Enhancement Project (LACEP). VNG in partnership with the Municipal Development Partnership, the Urban Councils Association of Zimbabwe and the Association of Rural District Councils of Zimbabwe are implementing LACEP 2 and the Ministry of Local Government and Public Works is a key stakeholder. The Specific Objectives of LACEP 2 are: To improve the financial management systems, incl. budgeting, reporting and revenue collection of 5 Las so as to make them more accountable. To enhance quality services by ALAs to their members to the benefit of quality service delivery to the local communities by Las. To support other relevant initiatives in the field of LA support in the South Western region. The LACEP Project has through the 2 phases of implementation with a sister project the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF), LACEP focusing mostly in the South Western region and CLGF in the North Eastern region of Zimbabwe, with pooling of resources to support national initiatives by the two projects. Read More>>