The Centre for Research and Consultancy, a think-tank which provides research and consultancy services, on Thursday launched the Malawi Development Digest, an annual publication which seeks to provide in depth analyses of various development issues in the country.
Speaking during the launch, National Planning Commission (NPC) Chairperson, Professor Richard Mkandawire, thanked the Centre for Research and Consultancy for facilitating the publication of the digest which contributes to shaping development planning.
Mkandawire underscored the importance of having local think-tanks which would advise with full knowledge of the realities on the ground.
“Initiatives such as the Malawi Development Digest must be encouraged and supported especially this time that there are consultations on Vision 2063,” Mkandawire said.
He further hailed the composition of the team that worked on the digest, noting there is mentoring of young people while tapping from brains of seasoned scholars.
In his remarks, Editor-in-Chief for the digest, Professor Chinyamata Chipeta, said the publication contains six papers with four addressing challenges of a developmental state and two complementing the others.
“There is a paper which has built on the Vision 2020 review report; a paper on how erosion of ethics in the public service has affected service delivery; a paper on trends in infrastructure investment and how decline in investment in capital formation has affected contribution of physical capital formation to economic growth; and a paper on contribution of non-governmental organisations to national development.
“There is also a paper on role of higher education institutions on national development; and a paper that draws comparison between Asian and African economies by noting how Asian economies graduated from poverty to prosperity and draw lessons for Africa,” Chipeta said.
Centre for Research and Consultancy Director, Milward Tobias, said the Malawi Development Digest is one of their outreach services and aims a t providing a channel through which expert ideas can be mobilised and packaged for use by policy makers and development practitioners.
He said his institution believes in adding value to society and expects the recommendations in the various papers will impact on lives of Malawians when those who develop policy and implement programs use them.
Centre for Research and Consultancy conducts baselines and evaluation studies, experimental studies, policy and budget analyses and training facilitation within the social sciences.