Sixteen civil society organisations (CSOs) have teamed up to form what they have termed Civil Society Network on Accountability and Transparency to promote and ensure inclusive local governance in the country.
The network, according to its Chairperson Timothy Mtambo, will also ensure that public funds are used for intended purposes and in favour of all communities.
Zodiak, Nkhotakota Community and Voice of Livingstonia radio stations are part of the newly established network
Announcing the establishment of the Network in Blantyre on Monday, Mtambo said they are aimed promoting unity of purpose to improve the quality of life for Malawians.
Mtambo, who is also the Executive Director of Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR), also said they want to empower communities so that they should be able to engage duty bearers in addressing their concerns.
“We are partners to government, we want to support all development projects being initiated by government so that they benefit all Malawians. We would be advocating for improved decentralization that would include inclusive funding, functions and functionalities of the local governance system.
“We want to have inclusive local governance that will facility ways for all citizens to take part in decision making process of the district councils,” said Mtambo.
He said it was high time CSOs stopped working in isolation, claiming “consolidated voice is stronger than those in isolation”.
“We want to address misuse and theft of public resources by support district councils to identify how to work together to increase transparency, responsiveness and accountability in local government,” he emphasized.
These CSOs are CHRR, Centre for Youth Empowerment and Civic Education, Centre for Victimized Women and Children, Church and Society-Synod of Livingstonia, Federation of Disabled Organizations in Malawi, International Group Association, Pan African Civic Educators Network, NGO Gender Coordination Network, Nkhotakota Community Radio Station, Ntchisi Youth Development Organization, Phunzirani Development Organization, Tiphedzane Community Organization, Voice of Livingstonia and Zodiak.
Publicity Secretary for the Network, Action Amos also said they will be calling for promotion of public-private partnerships to ensure improved public service delivery.
“We want to increase collaborative efforts to respond to inadequate social services and poor service delivery in various sectors.
“We want to improve the quality of life and human rights for all Malawians with special emphasis on vulnerable groups in particular women, the youths and persons with disabilities through transparent, accountable and responsive local governments,” said Amos, also Executice Direct for FEDOMA.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :