Joyce Banda addresses UNDP Africa Retreat in Ethiopia

Former President of the Republic of Malawi Dr. Joyce Banda delivered a keynote address at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Africa Retreat in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Monday, February 24, 2015.

Banda addresses UNDP Africa Retreat

Banda addresses UNDP Africa Retreat

Dr Joyce Banda addressing the meeting

Dr Joyce Banda addressing the meeting

JB in a group photograph as her keynote address

JB in a group photograph as her keynote address

UNDP recently went through a corporate restructuring exercise resulting in the regionalization of its assets and capacities. Now the staff and capacities for Africa reside in the Regional Service Centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Leadership and responsibility for supporting UNDP’s country offices in Africa, national and regional partners, civil society and other stakeholders in the continent will be from the Regional Service Centre.

A regional retreat was organized for more than 120 UNDP staff members from all over Africa including the Associate Administrator and Under-Secretary General, Director of the Regional Bureau for Africa and other senior leadership of the UNDP.

The UNDP Regional Retreat was sought to gain a better understanding of the the drivers of change in the world and how they are affecting national development processes.

UNDP desires to contribute to the economic transformation that is taking place in Africa in ways that are equitable, inclusive and sustainable.

Former President Banda reflected on the time she was Malawi’s and how she dealt with the challenges her and her government faced. She cited four policy areas that influenced her term of office—conflict and governance; economic management and poverty reduction; fighting corruption and accountability; and women and youth empowerment.

Banda acknowledged the role and support UNDP plays in Malawi. She cited how the UN and the in country UNDP office mediated the conflict in 2010 between Malawi Government and citizen groups; and the support to elections, funding of women parliamentary candidates and the National Export Strategy to strengthen the export base of the Malawian economy.

She urged the UNDP and other international development partners to work with local players on the ground in order to achieve equitable, inclusive and sustainable development.

JB as Banda is fondly called said that since women and youth are in majority in the world, no meaningful development can be achieved without meaningful engagement of women and youth.

“We have seen some African Governments that have moved from conflict to peace, from stagnation to star performers and from underdevelopment to middle income economies. We also have witnessed women leaders emerging in all sectors of society. Again still odds, they are breaking barriers and entering new frontiers of life.

“These great women are heralding a new message that women will no longer be spectators, standing on the fence asking for mercy and favour. But as equal players, they are taking up positions in state house, boardrooms, market place and in science.

“This is good news indeed, said former President Banda, adding that this provides hope for some of the toughest places in the world to further combat poverty, increase prosperity, secure peace, and widen the global circle of development.

“It is my hope that the UN family will take leadership on this journey,” she said.

Later in the day, the former Malawi President met with the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr.Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma where she briefed the chairperson on the African Union Election Observer Mission to Botswana in September 2014 where she was leader of delegation.

JB congratulated the African Union for declaring 2015 a Year of Women in Africa. Dr.Nkosazana Zuma appreciated former President Banda’s leadership during the AU Election Observer Mission to Botswana where the programme went on very well.

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of coz Madam JB you doing good out side there, but multi-million dollar question is that why cant you come to your own land and see for your self the way your brothers,sisters ,sons ,daughters and nephews are suffering in your country? Being a former President ,you were supposed at least to come and go back if want

honey comb Chidyauzu

She is a woman of substance. Mayi munamuphula Malawi pa moto walawilawi ena akumubwezeretsanso. Malawians do not appreceiate what good others do. Nsanje
too much. Malawi is going back wards since you left power. We are now back to the clueless nepotistic leadership.


Continue blessing us, AmaI,very proud of you

Chino Chino

Walakwa chani wa Davite? sanje,kaduka a Malawi tipita nazo kuti? kuzolowela kuyamikila munthu aka mwalira.Tcheya sunaname……

Che Tepeka

Amao wele pangali wanesoni wakututyosya soni mpela wao. Achikamjale wesope tukwapochera soni Ambuje apunde kwajaliwa

Instead of pontificating on the ‘world’ stage, JB should be in Malawi helping to move the country forward. What is she hiding from by staying out of the country for so many months. By May she will have been outside Malawi for a year!! Who is footing the bill for her travels? What did she really do for her country when she was President? Malawi didn’t suddenly become the poorest country in the world under PM’s rule. JB has absolutely nothing to boast about. Is anyone really listening to what she has to say? Actions speak louder than words. She… Read more »

JB ndi deal ndagwirizana nawe koma pali ena oneka ngati alindimaso koayi ndithu sapenya amafela zoti ndi akumwela kuka akuika songolo ana ndi azukulu awo mutsinga zauphawi ndi masoka


Let her alone, she knows what to do, when, and how,

Open Arms Malawi

Seems like a useful and productive meeting

chinkombaleza gumanyundo gowa
chinkombaleza gumanyundo gowa

Kodi abwera liti ameneyu ? akuthawa chiani? Anzake akubvutika ndi cash gate. Madolar akudya kunjawo anawatenga kuti. ndichifukwa kwacha yathu imagwa kwambiri

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