30th June, 2021
Malawi Economic Justice Network (MEJN) continues striving to create an environment where duty bearers fulfill their obligations and present their allegiance as stipulated in their service cycle. Its commitment is also grounded in fostering transparency and accountability in the utilization of public financial resources, ensuring that local structures are empowered for better execution of their duties, and right-holders are inclusively participate in developmental agendas that concern their livelihood among others.
As part of implementing a social accountability project, MEJN mobilized rights holders through community rallies in three Traditional Authorities (T/As) of Nankumba, Chowe and Mponda, for a just resource governance in health, education, extractive and social security sectors in Mangochi. The intervention also sought to highlight the budget overview of Mangochi district for 2019/20 and 2021/22 fiscal years, increase capacity of the citizenry to demand accountability and transparency from duty bearers, promote duty bearers responsiveness of the right-holders’ demand for equitable resource distribution, and enhance collaboration and networking between duty bearers and right holders in developmental agendas.
The community rallies were held in three localities namely Nkope, Malindi and Koche; and brought together Sub Traditional Authorities, Group Village Headmen (GVH), Area Development Committees (ADCs), Councilors, and Community members from their respective domain. Also in attendance were Mr. Newton Munthali, Director of Planning and Development (DPD) and Mr Kauni from District Council, Mangochi.
This intervention was ably carried-out with funding from Norwegian Church Aid and Danish Church Aid (NCA-DCA) Malawi Joint Country Programme, in the course of implementing a social protection project entitled “Fighting Social and Economic Inequalities” in health, education, extractive and social security sectors.