Britain continued to support Malawi with aid though not routing that support through the Government but continues with a large programme of support to reduce poverty and assist poor people across the country through other channels with MK47 billon injected.
The British High Commissioner to Malawi, Michael Nevin said London did not want the poorest people to suffer further as a result of “cashgate” that triggered withdraw of budgetary support, saying the aid is being injected through non-government systems to continue supporting Malawi’s social and development sectors, among them, education and health.
He said UK would provide about $100 million (around K42 billion) through non-direct budgetary channels.
Nevin told reporters after the two-hour meeting with Malawi President Peter Mutharika at Sanjika palace on Monday.
Britain will resume budgetary support to Malawi government but has given conditions that Lilongwe should conduct public sector and public finance management reforms, pursuing Cashgate suspects, guaranteeing the independence of the criminal justice system, changes of leadership of some oversight and accountability institutions and providing more resources to them.
“So far, we are pleased with the public service reforms that the President has initiated. We are also happy with the work that the Minister of Finance is doing to clean up the public finance management systems. We wish to see this work completed,” said Nevin.
During a debate in the British parliamentary upper chamber, the House of Lords, on October 23 2014, Department for International Development (DFID) spokesman in the House, Baroness Northover said UK support TO Malawi creates educational opportunities for girls and boys, supplies life-saving drugs to the health sector, tackles under nutrition in young children and in people living with HIV, and provides vital inputs to farmers.
“We are delivering significant demonstrable results for poor people. Since 2011, the United Kingdom has helped more than 350,000 women to access family planning services. By 2015, more than 400,000 women will have improved access to security and justice. By 2016, we will have ensured that 750,000 more people have access to safe, clean water. Our support enabled 5.2 million people to vote in recent general and local elections,” reads Northover’s contribution as recorded in the Hansard of that day.
She said the results are underpinned by important transformational changes: governance reforms, health systems improvement, transparency and accountability for citizens, and girls’ and women’s empowerment.
“We enable households and communities across Malawi to build resilience to climate change and chronic food insecurity. However, we are well aware of the need… for people to have jobs. That is vital,” the Hansard quotes Northover as saying.
Malawi is running a zero-aid financial plan and Nevin said London is prepared to help Lilongwe to emerge from aid dependency to self-sustenance.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :