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Malawi, UN sign $1.1bn 5-yr pact

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By Faith Kamtambe

Gondwe shakes hands with UN representative

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he government of Malawi has signed a new United Nations Development Assistance Framework (Undaf) with the United Nations that will, among others, be used as the UN collective vision and response to Malawi’s national development priorities.

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The agreement, which will run from 2019 to 2023, has a resource envelope of $1,088,348,001 of which $346,830,601 is expected to be available and $741,517,400 expected to be mobilised.

Speaking at the signing ceremony in Lilongwe yesterday, UN Resident Coordinator, Maria Jose Torres, said the new Undaf, due to start in January 2019, would strengthen accountability and transparency initiatives, including priorities of the Malawi Development Goals Strategies (MDGS) III.

She also said that there was need for all stakeholders involved to work together so that implementation becomes a success.

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“To make the Undaf a success, we need to work together to jointly achieve concrete development efforts [so as] to improve the quality of development and its impact on the local level,’’ Torres said.

Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, Goodall Gondwe, said the resources will cover three strategic pillars including peace, population management and resilient growth.

“With support from the UN, Malawi has made significant progress in health, agriculture, education, gender and the development effectiveness agenda, just to mention a few. This time around, the pillars of the resources are well aligned to Malawi’s development objectives as outlined in the MDGS III,” he said.

The framework succeeds the Undaf which run from 2012 to 2016 and was extended from 2017 and 2018.

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