Secretary to Treasury, Dr. Ronald Mangani has described the newly launched Malawi Public Policy Research and Analysis Project (MPPRAP) as a get way and a useful framework in promoting the conduct of deep research and analysis on topical issues of national socio-economic significance.
According to Mangani, the Project has been long awaited by the academic fraternity, policy makers and evidence seekers among others for the comprehensive public policy research and analysis in the country.
“This project will help in building the capacity of officials in the areas of research, formulation and analysis of public policies.
“The project pursues the objective of enhancing the effectiveness and relevance of public policies in the country, as well as deepening the national capacity to track the degree and impacts of policy implementation,” he said.
He said that the projects aims at reaching three main goals of enhancing the evidence base and relevance of public policies by promoting research as a basis for policy formulation and analysis, lead to an improvement in the implementation and review of consistent, effective and research-based public policies and lastly enhance the sharing o information and knowledge through networking among researchers, analysts and policy makers.
Mangani further added that the project intends to create the Malawi Policy Research Network (MPRN) which will bring together different stakeholders including professionals working in Government, civil society, private sector and academic institutions.
The Secretary highlighted that people may wonder why the launch of the research project against the background that we have a number of research institutions in the country, saying all these institutions focus on specific areas, notably Agriculture and social research while this new project seeks to undertake broader research and analysis, focusing on all the key sectors of the economy.
He then thanked the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) for the support rendered in implementation of project, adding that the launch of the project represents a significant milestone in the cooperation between the Government of Malawi and ACBF which dates back to the year 2005.
The Project will run for two years (will end in 2017) withUS$1 Million dollars support from ACBF and US$378 dollars from Malawi Government.