The District Development Facility is being implemented by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development. 

The District Development Facility is a performance-based grant system.

The District Development Facility was started as part of the government’s efforts to improve the performance of the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in terms of efficiency, transparency and accountability.

The overall goal of the District Development Facility is to ensure an efficient provision of basic community infrastructure and service delivery through judicious use of resources. Its specific objectives are to:

  • Mobilise additional financial resources for MMDAs
  • Provide incentives for performance for complying with the national legal and regulatory framework
  • Establish a link between performance assessment and capacity building support
  • Ensure a harmonized system for investment funding and capacity building support to MMDAs 

The District Development Facility is available to all assemblies but the resource allocation is based upon actual performance which is verified in an annual evaluation called the Functional Organisation Assessment Tool (FOAT). In this evaluation, the performance of all assemblies are determined against predetermined agreed upon indicators. The FOAT assessment is implemented by independent consultancy firms on behalf of the ministry.

Please download here a short brochure on the District Development Facility. It can easily be printed locally by partners and stakeholders.

The District Development Facility is currently supported by the following Development Partners:

  • Agence Française de Développement (AFD)
  • Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
  • Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA)
  • Kreditanstallt fur Wiederaufbau (KfW)

Starting from 2011, MLGRD has expanded its performance-based grant system to district assemblies by introducing an Urban Development Grant (UDG). This grant is available to the 46 Municipal and Metropolitan Assemblies (MMAs) as of 2011. This grant is part of MLGRD’s overall Local Government Capacity Support Project (LGCSP) which is supported by World Bank (WB).


(Click on the document below to Download)


– Approved Model Goods NCT Tender Document for LGCSP

– Approved Model Works NCT Medium Contracts-Admeasurement Tender Doc for LGCSP

– Approved small works contracts -Price Quotation LGCSP


– Local Government Capacity Support Project (LGCSP)

Local Government Capacity Support Project (LGCSP) in Pdf


 – Ghana National Decentralization action plan

Download Ghana National Decentralization action plan (in Pdf)