Corruption is an evil,” APM said in his address on Monday during this year’s commemoration of John Chilembwe Day at Providence Industrial Mission (PIM) in Chiradzulu. “And I want this evil to stop!” he warned, claiming that slowly, his government is taming this evil by strengthening the Anti-Corruption Bureau, National Audit and all graft busting…

We on the streets have received the news that the Local Development Fund (LDF) will be disbanded with absolute joy. The fund, which was established as a nationwide, standardised and transparent development financing mechanism for local governments and part of the inter-government fiscal transfer system, has lately been dogged by many challenges, including high level…

The country’s development partners this week warned the Peter Mutharika-led government against looting the little left in the public purse ahead of the upcoming Tripartite Elections in 2019. The donors said public funds should be safeguarded between now and the elections. Heads of mission of the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Norway, Japan, the…

The industrial-agriculture sector has long faced criticism for practices that contribute to climate change, environmental destruction, and rural poverty. And yet the sector has taken virtually no steps to improve quality and sustainability, or to promote social justice. The world’s leading thinkers and policymakers examine what’s come apart in the past year, and anticipate what…

It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.” That famous quote from the late US President Ronald Reagan sums up the current wave of defections or ‘change of hearts’ dominating the political landscape for the past six months as the…

African Land Policy Centre unveiled

The Land Policy Centre (ALPC), formerly the Land Policy Initiative, has been unveiled at the on-going Conference on Land Policy in Africa being held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. ALPC is expected to work closely with member States to build sex-disaggregated databases to track commitments through the monitoring and evaluation of land governance in Africa. The…

‘Agribusiness key to solving youth unemployment in Africa’

Agribusiness could provide a remedy to the problem of youth employment if the youth are given opportunity to utilise land. According to Edson Mpyisi, coordinator of enable youth programme at the African Development Bank (AfDB,) agriculture can offer decent jobs to the continent’s young people. Mpyisi was speaking at Ministerial Dialogue of the Conference on…

African governments asked to invest in land

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (Uneca) deputy executive secretary Abdalla Hamdok has said Africa should see land as a major resource to enhance food production, peace and security and ensure environmental protection. Speaking at the opening of the Conference on Land Policy in Africa on Tuesday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Hamdock said African governments…

African governments must invest in land

  African governments should seize the opportunity to invest in its land, through strategies and interventions that focus on the youth. United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (Uneca) deputy executive secretary Abdalla Hamdok said Africa ought to see land as a major resource to enhance food production, peace and security and ensure environmental protection. He…