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Malawi government wants more NGOs in remote areas

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The Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare has said it would like to see as many Non- Governmental Organisations (NGOs) as possible to work in rural areas.

The Ministry says it does not make sense for NGOs to be crowded in urban areas at a time people in remote areas need their services.

Minister responsible, Patricia Kaliati, made the remarks in Lilongwe on Wednesday during the launch of this year’s NGO week.

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“I’m really impressed that there are a number of NGOs which are implementing a number of projects to complement government policies. As I was chatting with the groups they told us what they are doing. But some of them were saying they are working in seven districts. And out of those seven districts, we hear that they were doing their work in only two TAs because of lack of resources,” Kaliati said.

She added: “We are asking that if funds are available NGOs should have a wider catchment area. They have to be in rural areas. For instance, in Lilongwe rural, just 10 kilometres from Mpingu Trading Centre, you find that there are no NGOs working there,” Kaliati said.

NGO Board chairperson Emily Banda said the week is a way of showing what the NGOs are doing.

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“This week is very important that we show accountability to the people we are serving. We are showing people what we are doing. The NGOs are doing very well. We are impressed with what they are doing at the moment,” Banda said.

About 450 NGOs are in attendance. Over 40 NGOs are expected to mount displays

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