Malawi NGOs under microscope on accountability

The government of Malawi and the UN have expressed concern and worry over increasing incidents of non transparency and non accountability in some non governmental organisations and civil rights groups in Malawi.

UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Mia Seppo: Corruption denting Malawi's image
UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Mia Seppo: Corruption denting Malawi’s image

Minister of Gender, Disability and Social Welfare Jean Kalirani said this on Thursday in Lilongwe during the opening of a tranparency meeting in Lilongwe.

Kalirani said three years ago, the local NGOs and civil society received K140 billion from foreign donors but only K15 billion was accounted for.

This is bad, the donors demanded reports on how their money was used but only K15 billion was accounted for,” said the minister.

UN country representative in Malawi Mia Seppo  said corruption is denting the image of Malawi.

She said Malawians need to change so that they can be trusted upon. Abgail Dzimadzi, chaiperson of the NGO board said local NGOs and civil rights groups need also to report to Malawians whom they beg the money for.

“These NGOs pretend they are begging the money on behalf of poor Malawians but these Malawians hardly see the money or the projects” she said.

She said laws will soon be put in place to make all NGOs transparent.

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Job Jonah
Job Jonah

Just use trusted International NGOs like Save the Children, CARE, PCI, GOAL Malawi, CRS, Concern Universal, Plan international etc. The local NGOs don’t have capacity unless they partner with an INGO. The government is worse as they don’t attend meetings without allowances