John Mthaziko Zulu held a 2011 Commonwealth Professional Fellowship at the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES). He is the Governance Programs Coordinator at Caritas Chipata, Zambia.
I work to promote and protect human dignity and sustainable development for less privileged people by engaging government improve policies, structures and services.
During my Fellowship at CLES, I have developed an increased knowledge and understanding of decentralisation and localism. I am now increasingly aware of the real devolution of power and that, for real benefits, there must be more local control. It is not effective to have a district level of power, with a separate administrative organisation, which looks to the national centre for direction. Now I am a lobbyist for the devolution of power.