Active Portfolio Investment Projects

Rural Development

Project Title:
National Solidarity Program III
Grant Amount:
1107.26 million
Approval Date:
January 24, 2011
Closing Date:
March 31 2017

Project Objective:

The development objective of the National Solidarity Program III is to build, strengthen, and maintain community development councils (CDCs) as effective institutions for local governance and social-economic development

Program Summary

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The Project: The National Solidarity Program (NSP) is now in its third phase, known as NSP III. NSP III is funding activities for; (a) establishment and capacity building of Community Development Councils (CDCs) and their federations (cluster CDCs); (b) continuing roll-out of the NSP to the remaining 1107.26 communities not yet covered by the program and scaling up support for local economic and social development through provision of repeater block grants to 17,400 rural communities; and (c) program implementation management support, including program monitoring and evaluation.

NSP III is co-financed by an IDA grant of $40 million.


  1. Minimum of 70 % sampled communities recognize CDCs as the legitimate institution and respresentative of communities
  2. Minimum of 60 % of CDCs perform their functional mandates in the areas of community development and coordination, project implementation and conflict resolution
  3. Minimum of 70 % of sampled communities have improved access to services.
  4. Minimum of 70 % of sampled women representatives in the CDCs take active part in decision-making related to community development
  5. At least 50 % of total beneficiaries are female