An analysis of the implementation of Integrated Development Planning (IDP) in Ngaka Modiri Molema District municipality, North West Province
Mesolo, Thipe Ishmael
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The White Paper on Local Government (1998) provides characteristics of a developmental local government that must feature in Integrated Development Planning (IDP). However, municipalities seem to face significant challenges with regards to service delivery. It must be noted that municipalities exist in a dynamic environment which is characterised by rapid changes. The present democratic government has identified Integrated Development Planning as an integral tool to enhance the provision of services at municipal level. Municipalities must work towards improving the quality of the lives of the people especially in rural areas. The study utilised the qualitative paradigm in exploring the dynamics underlying the efficient and effective implementation of the Integrated Development Plan in the Ngaka Modiri Molema District. The study sought to identify if there is genuine commitment from management to tackle Integrated Development Planning (IDP) challenges; the nature of the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) structures, systems, processes and procedures; the position regarding the skills level of the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) officials and officers; the nature of communication channels between communities and the District; and the position of the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) budgeting systems, policies and procedures in the District. The study found that there is no genuine commitment. The findings also revealed that Integrated Development Planning (IDP) structures, systems, processes and procedures are implemented haphazardly. Furthermore, the skill level was discovered to be insufficient and the communication channels were weak and not stable. The study also revealed that the District has inadequate budget structures, systems, policies and procedures. Nevertheless, based on these findings, the District needs to integrate, consolidate and articulate clearly its commitment and the structures, systems, processes and procedures in place to implement Integrated Development Planning (IDP).
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