Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) are the agents of decentralization in Ghana. They are avenues through which people get involved in the processes to develop their communities.
participating in the conception, planning and implementation of development projects (Ampadu- Boakye, Mawuena & Anidaso, 2008). The MMDAs are mandated to prepare and implement the District Medium Term Development Plans (DMTDPs).The introduction of the decentralization concept in Ghana was meant to fix the problems of the centralized system and encourage local autonomy, participation and greater efficiency in local development process. There was public optimism that the new system will improved the delivery of development results. However, this optimism turned to disappointment as the system failed to make any meaningful impact in transforming the livelihoods of local communities in the districts. Rural poverty is still endemic in Ghana. (Botchie, 2000, Crowford, 2004).
The MMDAs are complacent of the same dysfunction that characterised the olds central system. the DAs, and the sub-district structures has difficult delivery on their core mandate to plan, implement and monitor district development plans. The search for a working system to alleviate poverty and improve local service delivery at the local level continue.
The Sissala East District Assembly is the institution responsible for the overall development of the communities under its jurisdiction. It is responsible for the formulation and execution of plans, programmes and to evolve strategies for the effective mobilization of resources necessary for the achievement of its developmental goals and objectives. The district is considered one of the least developed districts in Ghana and faces numerous challenges that hinder its ability to deliver on it core mandate. This study is a survey into the nature and level of capacity in the Assembly.