The commissioning and launch of goals outlined in the Malawi 2063 (Mw2063) blueprint may have been a cause for national celebration.
However, the Mw2063 blueprint is a lifeless entity that requires the necessary human and technical capacity to achieve set goals.
In other words, the Mw 2063 vision is akin to a ship that is waiting for a captain to take it on a voyage to its intended destination.
Malawi has long had hopes, and plans, for significant long-term development. These consist of policies, guidelines and vision. The existence of sustainable capacity is, nonetheless, the essential element in the realisation of such policies, guidelines and goals.
According to the United Nations Development Group (UNDG), capacity is the “ability of people, organisations and society as a whole to successfully manage their affairs.
Building capacity is a long-standing necessity. In 2016, the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), as reported in New African magazine, convened a development event to discuss goals like Agenda 2063 and 2030.
One of the issues that came out is that these may remain a pipedream until we take immediate action to address the capacity crisis across the continent.
Needless to say the Mw 2063 is a by-product of Agenda 2063, which the ACBF bases on the idea that capacity building is necessary to accomplish its objectives. The Malawi Government should, therefore, not disregard the problem of capacity building in its efforts to accomplish a number of its goals.
The time for formulation and commissioning has passed, such that it is urgent that they be put into action.
However, execution necessitates the presence of institutional and human resources.
In this regard, are there initiatives to evaluate capacity availability for the realisation of the Mw2063 vision? As you may recall, Mw2063 is our planned roadmap for achieving transformation in development-related domains. One of the domains is our commitment to being an industrialised, upper-middle-income nation by 2063, one that is inclusively prosperous and self-sufficient.
By 2063, Malawi will have been a sovereign nation for 99 years. Will the song be the same old one that the expectations were not fulfilled? No, that would be shocking. Time is ripe for us to act in accordance with our aspirations.
Action should be taken to quickly identify stakeholders in charge of advancing various categories of Mw2063 goals outlined in the plan, taking into account the significance of execution and the need to foster both human and organisational capacities.
The blueprint was published, yes, but, much like newly planted plants that require watering to survive, what remains is a pledge-making conference intended to identify facilitators and implementers of the Mw2063. Although everything was ready when the document was launched, some people would question the value of conducting a pledging conference.
Contrarily, it is crucial to review the blueprint. As stated in Ben Wilson’s book Rise and Fall of the British Navy, “every great matter must have a beginning, but persevering till the end until it is thoroughly finished yields the true glory”.
I, therefore, concur that the Mw2063 blueprint’s release marked the beginning of a significant matter and that its continued assessment to address its many categories may result in the realisation of the vision’s objectives. Just getting it meticulously published is the first step. Our established objectives need to be continuously examined and followed.
In conclusion, Mw2063 should embrace the UNDG concept of capacity, according to which, among other things, citizens and organisations should be able to support Mw2063 goals.