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Constituency Development Fund (CDF)

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2014/06/02 The finance ministry has not released money for the Constituency Development Fund in the last two years, complains the NLA speaker. Snippet: The finance ministry has not released money for the Constituency Devel....
2014/05 Constituency Development Fund projects in Yei River County are evaluated by a team from the NLC. Initial reports suggest that some of the projects have been productive, but others misconceived and/or mismanaged. Snippet: Constituency Development Fund projects in Yei River County are evaluat....
2014/05/14 A supervision committee for the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) in CES says the scheme is showing tangible results. Snippet: A supervision committee for the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) in....
2014/03/17 The SSLS in Yei conducts awareness-raising with citizens about the Communities Development Fund (CDF), its scope for corruption, and how citizens should hold to account the MPs and others involved. Snippet
2013/06/27 to 2013/06/28 Member of the NLA take part in a workshop 'to better understand how CDF funds have been used in the past, identify deficiencies in the current system from the legislation to the process of accounting for expenditures, and finally to make recommendations on how to improve the use of the CDF in the future'. This is organized by SUNY/CID and Deloitte with the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and the Constituency Fund Committee of the NLA. Snippet
Reference Mini-review
Jennifer Wanichan, 2009/09/21. Constituency Development Fund: Crooked theft by GoSS MPs [Article] Pachodo.org. Accessed online.

Describes the lack of accountability in the implementation of the CDF.

Government of Southern Sudan, 2007. Constituencies Development Fund Act, 2007 [Operating document] Government of Southern Sudan. Accessed online.

The Act creates a Constituencies Development Fund (CDF) into which 3% of government revenue is paid. MPs are to submit project proposals for their own constituencies. Each MPs proposals should have been prioritized by a Constituency Development Committee convened by the MP. The proposals are scrutinized by both a management committee (formed mainly by ministries and their nominees) and a Constituency Fund Committee (formed of MPs). Approved proposals are passed to the Finance Minister for inclusion in the government budget. Projects are to be implemented by relevant ministries.

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Constituencies Development Fund (CDF)

The CDF is a fund which by law disposes of three percent of national government revenues for constituency-level projects to promote development and poverty alleviation (ref). It has widely been criticized for lack of effective accountability, and being a probable site of corruption (ref, ref, ref, ref).

The fund was created under the Constituencies Development Fund Act, 2007. According to this, MPs are to submit project proposals for their own constituencies. Each MP's proposals should have been prioritized by a Constituency Development Committee convened by the MP. The proposals are scrutinized by both a management committee (formed mainly by ministries and their nominees) and a Constituency Fund Committee (formed of MPs). Approved proposals are passed to the Finance Minister for inclusion in the government budget. Projects are to be implemented by relevant ministries. (ref)

A website for increasing the transparency of projects, allocations and disbusement of the CDF has been set up at http://www.sscdfinfo.com. It appears to have been created in 2013. But as of March 2014 it is still under construction and does not contain much current information of special value.


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