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Government, CSOs clash over MGDS

By Audrey Kapalamula:

CONDEMNED SOME CSOs—Dakamau

Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development has accused some civil society organisations (CSO) in the country of implementing programmes parallel to Malawi Growth and Development Strategies (MGDS) and other development strategy.

The ministry’s principal secretary, Kiswell Dakamau, on Tuesday said while most of the country’s donor support is channelled through CSOs, some organisations are compromising the government’s efforts to attain development in the country.

“What is happening is that some CSOs are implementing their programmes without involving the government and without involving local authorities such that there is a compromise in as far as attainment of development results is concerned. We want all the off budget support to be aligned to sectoral programmes in this country,” he said

However, Council for Non- Governmental Organisations Executive Director, Ronald Mtonga, dismissed the claims, arguing that all registered non-governmental organisations (NGOs) follow procedures before implementing any project in the country.

“We have the NGO Act which demands that any registered organisation must provide evidence that they have an understanding with a parent ministry of their work. At the local level, we have a MoU [memorandum of understanding] with Ministry of Local Government which demands NGOs to present their projects, which means that any NGO cannot go to any district and implement a project without the knowledge of the local council. Maybe they should talk about institutions other than NGOs that are registered,” he said.

Most donors stopped providing direct support to the government following revelations of massive plunder of resources in the country.

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