Tags: CSOs

CSOs want action, info on reforms

  Civil society organisations (CSOs) have demanded speed and effective action on public service reforms government is implementing in various sectors. Some CSOs have been in the forefront challenging the reforms process, arguing that it is illegal to implement them without Parliament involvement. In reaction to the criticism, Vice-President Saulos Chilima, who chairs the Public…

Health crisis looms among youths

  The new National Youth Friendly Health Services Strategy report for 2015-2020 has revealed poor utilisation of Youth Friendly Health Services (YFHS), with only 13 percent of the youthful population under the age of 25 ever using them and only 31.7 percent having heard of the same. The report was presented to development partners, including…

Sadc CSOs want strong action on climate change

  Civil society organisations (CSOs) in the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) have requested governments in the region to be committed in climate change adaptation. Sadc member States have also been asked to translate climate change policies into programmes and actions benefitting the affected groups. The Sadc Civil Society Forum made the call in Gaborone,…

Kaliati wins Sadc Gender Protocol Award

Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Patricia Kaliati has won an award of excellence for her involvement in the acceleration of gender protocols in the Southern Africa Development Community (Sadc) region. Kaliati emerged the winner for her political will, especially in giving civil society organisations (CSOs) a platform to accelerate the Sadc Gender…

Govt appoints Nice Trust board

Government has appointed a new 11-member board of trustees of the National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust. They include legal practitioner Zolomphi Nkowani, who is also lecturer in law at University of Malawi’s Chancellor College; Auda Msiska, director of finance and administration at Roads Authority (RA); Safari Mbewe, executive director for Malawi Network of…

CSOs warn govt on health sector reforms

Civil society organisations (CSOs) and other stakeholders have warned the Malawi government against implementing financial reforms in referral hospitals under health sector reforms to protect people from poor health care. The concerns have come in the wake of the hike in hospital bypass fees at referral hospitals from K100 to K1 500. The development, argue…

Why do men monopolise political positions?

Since democracy, government and development partners have been campaigning for women empowerment and leadership in social, economic and political development. We have heard and witnessed various campaigns and projects with a sore focus on women empowerment and leadership. But two decades later, Malawi is still bemoaning women’s poor participation as few women still hold important…

Government gets thumbs up on Fisp

Traditional leaders and civil society organisations (CSOs) working in the agriculture sector have welcomed proposed reforms to the contentious Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp), which include increasing the contribution by beneficiaries.   Under the new reforms unveiled by Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe in Parliament two weeks ago, Fisp beneficiaries will…

MPINGANJIRA OUTLINES MSB TAKEOVER PLAN

FDH Financial Holdings Limited, new majority shareholder in the previously wholly State-owned Malawi Savings Bank (MSB), says it will not rush to take over the operations of MSB as it awaits regulatory approvals from the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM). In an interview last evening, FDH Financial Holdings Limited chief executive officer Thomson Mpinganjira said…

CSO, media meet to promote consumer rights

  Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) yesterday organised a day-long workshop in Blantyre where civil society leaders and media representatives met to promote consumer rights. The participants were expected to discuss the role of the civil society in consumer protection, involvement of the media and civil society in information, communication and technology (ICT) and the…

MCP loses confidence, angry with Mesn

Malawi Congress Party(MCP) on Saturday expressed a vote of no confidence in Malawi Electoral Support Network (Mesn), describing the civil society organisation’s (CSO) conduct during the May 20 Tripartite Elections as deplorable. MCP secretary general Gustave Kaliwo expressed his party’s sentiments during a two-day National Conference on Electoral Reforms held under the theme ‘Fostering Genuine Democratic Processes and Outcomes…

CSOs ask First Lady to refund NAC money

Civil society organisations (CSOs) in the country have given First Lady Gertrude Mutharika seven days to return the money her organisation Beautify Malawi (Beam) Trust took from National Aids Commission (NAC) or they will hold national demonstrations. Briefing journalists in Lilongwe yesterday, one of the CSO leaders, Martha Kwataine, said the President’s spouse knew exactly…

Malawi plunges on global corruption index

Civil society organisations (CSOs) have demanded several reforms after Malawi plunged 19 steps on the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) computed by the global anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International (TI). The country has dropped from 91 last year to 110 this year during a period that Cashgate—the fraud and corruption scam that has hit the country—exploded. Among…

CSOs condemn security sweep

Civil society organisations (CSOs) and a constitutional law expert have condemned the joint security operation conducted last weekend, saying it is a violation of people’s rights. Malawi Police Service (MPS) in conjunction with Malawi Defence Force (MDF), Immigration Department and intelligence agencies carried out the operation on September 12 and 13. During the exercise, undertaken…