Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) Synod of Livingstonia Development Department (SOLDEV) has expressed concern over low male participation in its Conservation of Natural Resources for Sustainable Economic Returns that Empower the Vulnerable to Find Pathways out of Poverty (CONSERVE)project in Mzimba.
Speaking during a progress report presentation on Monday to the district’s executive committee (DEC), Benjamin Baloyi from SOLDEV said it is worrisome to see that men do not take development projects seriously.
He said: “Male participation is meagre in development projects like CONSERVE as they prefer engaging themselves in other personal habits like beer drinking than participating in the project’s activities.
“Some beneficiaries, especially men expect handouts from the project hence reducing the expected participation rate,” he said.
Principal Environmental Officer for M’mbelwa District Council, James Pelani concurred with Baloyi that low male participation in projects is a challenge in the district, especially when there are no incentives like handouts.
The aim of CONSERVE project is to, among others, enhance the well-being and resilience of vulnerable people living on the boundaries of Vwaza Wildlife Game Reserve through improved biodiversity, conservation of ecosystems and promotion of sustainable livelihoods.
The project is being implemented by SOLDEV and Assemblies of God Care (AG Care) with funding from Jersey Overseas Aid Commission through Tearfund.