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‘Local CSOs lack leadership’

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Most civil society organisations (CSOs) in Malawi suffer from lack of competent leadership a thing that has, among others, resulted in their failure to mobilise resources and get donor support, an international nongovernmental organisation (NGO) Counterpart International (CI) has said.

CI’s chief of party, Bedilu Shegen, said most CSOs struggle to have good governance record and fail to mobilise resources locally and internationally because of loose leadership.

“Most CSOs have no government support and their leadership is loose as board members do not know their role. Their role is critical. They should take part in fundraising and ensuring good governance of their organisations,” said Shegen adding that his organisation has come to strengthen the capacity of local CSOs.

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Shegen, said this in an interview yesterday as the organisation is preparing for the Working Together for Malawi Conference for over 200 CSOs and international organisations and experts from June 9 to 10 this year at Bingu International Conference Centre in Lilongwe.

The conference is organised in collaboration with NGO Board, Council for Non Governmental Organisations and Tilitonse. The June meeting is called the Working Together for Malawi conference which is part of the Supporting The Efforts of Partners (STEPS) programme, a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) five year initiative in Malawi implemented by Counterpart International.

Commenting on the conference, Shegen said regional and international experts and local CSOs will share innovative approaches to improve organisational capacity and service delivery.

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“Experts will lead plenary discussions and breakout sessions. All attending CSOs will be invited to share their work and showcase their impacts,” said Shegen.

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