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Twenty-six local civil society organisations have urged delegates to the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) to work with the United Nations in reviewing the role of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in unlocking aid.

The conference they are targeting will take place from next Monday to Thursday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The CSOs, working under the banner of National Civil Society Taskforce on MDGs (Millennium Development Goals]) and SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), made the recommendation in a statement issued at a press briefing held in Lilongwe yesterday.

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“There are numerous examples to demonstrate an outcry from developing countries that some of the conditions imposed on them by IMF to unlock aid have not been helpful as they have pushed some countries into more poverty,” reads the statement.

The taskforce says it views the FfD3 as a critical conference in the implementation of SDGs, and, therefore, makes the recommendations to policy-makers at national and global levels as they plan to attend the conference.

Present at the press conference were three taskforce members, Godfrey Mkandawire, Victor Maulidi and Robert Mkwezalamba as well as Simekinala Kaluzi, an official from Council for Non-governmental Organisations (Congoma), the Secretariat for Post-2015 Agenda.

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In the statement, the CSOs are also urging the Malawi government to find ways of regaining donor confidence.

“Government of Malawi should ensure that it regains donor confidence to minimise instances where donors implement projects directly. Government is not in control of resources when donors fund projects outside government machinery. Current efforts to deal with Cashgate and Integrated Financial Management System should be fast-tracked to ensure all issues are resolved as soon as possible to win both citizens’ and donors’ confidence in the way government handles national resources,” reads the statement.

Mkwezalamba added on the issue of donor aid: “Government of Malawi should be prudent and transparent in the use of development aid. There should be deliberate strategies to check abuse of such resources and adhere to existing standards and procedures, including financial sector reforms.”

The CSOs also urge the Malawi government to align aid agenda to its defined priorities in national development plans

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