Donors insist no return to Malawi budget support: Channel  humanitarian aid to agencies

International donors, who provide 40 percent of Malawi’s budget,  have said they  will not be able to resume aid support to the impoverished country and they are  channelling humanitarian aid to flood  victims through aid agencies.

Norwegian Ambassador to Malawi, Mr. Kikkan Haugen, presented his credentials to H.E. Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika,

Norway still supporting development programmes: Norwegian Ambassador to Malawi, Kikkan Haugen, when he presented his credentials to President  Peter Mutharika,

Malawi lost up to 40 percent of the budget support it was receiving from foreign donors after the European Union, the World Bank and the United Kingdom decided to suspend aid pending the results of the government investigation into the alleged corruption scandal, popularly known as “Cashgate.”

This week the donors have said they won’t resume until the  “cashgate” puzzle has been resolved and until it has established better financial and management systems.

Norwegian Ambassador Kikkan Haugen  said his country will not return to budgetary support as confidence has not been restored.

“Despite stopping direct budget support, we did not stop supporting development programes in Malawi”, said  Haugen , as quoted in the press.

Britain has also ruled out immediate return to budget support and that its humanitarian aid for the flood victims is being channelled though non-governmental agencies .

According to published reports, the British High Commissioner Michael Nevin and head of its International development wing the Development for International Development (DfID), said they have  channelled through the United Nations (UN) some £3.8 million (about K2.5 billion) to support large scale food and cash assistance for vulnerable people nationwide.

Malawi Government has described the donors move to direct aid to the people as unfortunate, saying government had taken several measures to win back their confidence.

“We would have loved to have all funding to be dedicated to specific people. However, if they have decided that it would be best to help Malawians through NGOs and other agencies, that is their decision and
we will cooperate as far as possible” the Nation on Sunday quoted Ministry of finance and Economic planning and Development spokesperson Nations Msowoya as saying.

According to the paper, Msowoya  insisted Treasury and the whole government had undertaken enough reforms to win back donor support.

 

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Pinford
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We just need to be Patriotic and live for our Nation. God by any means…. is there. You must not forget that we are ruled by the Forces of Darkness…I mean by the Devil. Jesus will come back to fight the Devil and establish His Kingdom of peace and Harmony. Let’s forget Donors we have suffered a lot already. This is a good time to start working out an economic plan that will see us through and God helps those who help themselves . Stop swearing God he is there and He is a loving and Caring God. He respects… Read more »
Bomanile
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This (continued withholding of budget support) could be a blessing in disguise to allow government to become less dependent on foreign aid. Let the government continue programs to develop the country’s own production. We have too many shopping malls but very few factories to produce to fill our shops who stock up with imported products. We need to expand our manufacturing sector instead of continuing to expand our already bloated trading sector

Bomanile
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This (continued withholding of budget support) could a blessing in disguise to allow government to become less dependent on foreign aid. Let the government continue programs to develop the country’s own production. We have too many shopping malls but very few factories to produce to fill our shops who fill up with imported products. We need to expand our manufacturing sector instead of continuing to expand our trading sector

Bwititi
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Asatikwane apa. Anabwera kudzaba ndi iwowo. Nkhondo ziri mu africa spnosored by parasitic europeans kuti adziba ma resources, colonialsim genocide and homofagortry is their nature. Akagwere . The sooner africans realize this the better these parasites who have a savior mentality will be extinct. Wake up blacks osamango pempha

Phyuta
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Who is asking donors to come back. They are also struggling to put their own economies back on track. We will go it alone with well wishers from the East. After all the East has a human face !!!

ben
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Donors, it seems no matter what you do they dont want to help malawi. They are heartless people as the poor malawians are really suffering because of there decisions.
Why punish poor malawians for the mistakes of politicians

Pichi
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Ma donors ali mmadzi asiyeni ndi ndalama zao. Lets build our own economy ma guys. It wont be easy koma chako nchako. Tiyeni timvale dzilimbe. “Yes we can” Let this be a blessing in disguise.

Barrister McLoyd
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Africa for Africans. Time has come to target NGOs and Development Agencies for country income. We should charge them heavily for freet of vehicles, spare parts and supply they bring to Malawi. We can introduce heavy taxation on NGOs both local and international, just like what we have done on fuel. Make NGOs bank transfers very expensive to increase Government Revenue. The same should apply to development partners. We should also introduce some collection mechanism on every income NGOs receives and spends locally in Malawi. That will help our Government to supply basic needs such as Education services, Health services,… Read more »
Wapa Monkey Bay
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K92 billion?

salavador
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Bravo donors! This move has been long over due. Much as we know that your expect your budget support to be paid back by allowing you to influence the decisions of our govt and that sometimes the positions you promote dont sit well with popular culture and beliefs in our country, we do appreciate the unconditional support you are giving to Malawians through the NGOs. this is the way to go. Our govt milks more than enough taxes from us, enough to openly bribe journalists, build ndatas, etc.. please never give them any penny until embezzlers are brought to book.

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