Welfare monitoring body, the Centre for Social Concern (CfSC), has said Malawi needs to borrow a leaf from countries which have achieved accelerated economic growth within a short time.
CfSC Director James Ngahy made the call in Lilongwe during the launch of the organisation’s Building Covid Resilience through Promoting Transparency and Accountability in Public Finance Management for Reduced Poverty and Inequality project.
Ngahy’s sentiments come as Malawi targets to become a lower-middle-income country by 2030.
The CfSC chief said other economies such as neighbouring Tanzania have achieved accelerated growth beating the targeted timeframe; necessitating the need for Malawi to learn a thing or two from them.
“Can’t we learn from neighbouring countries or other countries on how they reached that peak at such speed! Those countries don’t have angels; they are simple human beings just as we are,” Ngahy said.
The goal of the project, which was launched yesterday, is to empower citizens to demand transparency and accountability in public finance management for reduced inequality and poverty.
Budget and Finance Committee of Parliament Chairperson Gladys Ganda said demanding accountability in the implementation of project was a critical element in ensuring that budgeted resources are put to good use.
Ganda said most of the times, her committee fails to effectively perform the task because of resource constraints.
Civic Education Minister Timothy Mtambo said Malawi needed to have active citizens who can take to task duty-bearers on development projects.
The Building Covid Resilience through Promoting Transparency and Accountability in Public Finance Management for Reduced Poverty and Inequality project will be implemented with funds from GIZ.