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What governments are doing to improve governance, the case of malawi
What governments are doing to improve governance, the case of malawi
What governments are doing to improve governance, the case of malawi
What governments are doing to improve governance, the case of malawi
What governments are doing to improve governance, the case of malawi
What governments are doing to improve governance, the case of malawi
What governments are doing to improve governance, the case of malawi
What governments are doing to improve governance, the case of malawi
What governments are doing to improve governance, the case of malawi
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  • 1. Joining Forces for Responsible Leadership to Enhance Good Governance:  Citizens, Public Officials, Private Sector and the Press What Governments are Doing to Improve Governance The case of Malawi Thusitha Pilapitiya Casals & Associates
  • 2. Introduction <ul><li>Relevance of the case of Malawi to the conference theme: Wide approach </li></ul><ul><li>Joining of forces by the Government of Malawi, civil society, media, and academia to improve good governance together with USAID/MCC </li></ul><ul><li>Role of Casals &amp; Associates in the Strengthening Government Integrity in Malawi Project </li></ul>
  • 3. Topics of Discussion <ul><li>Increased accountability and transparency in key government institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthened oversight role of media and civil society </li></ul><ul><li>Value added role of academic institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Donor coordination and maximization of minimum resources </li></ul>
  • 4. Topic One – Government Institutions <ul><li>Government accounting, procurement, audit, monitoring and evaluation, justice, and credit rating </li></ul><ul><li>Accountable and transparent accounting at a decentralized level; rigorous implementation of the procurement act of Malawi; increased capacity in the National Audit Office; automated monitoring and evaluation systems; legal skills among government staff; independence of the judiciary; ability to participate in credit rating exercises </li></ul><ul><li>How this wide sectoral approach was successfully implemented through frequent consultation, joint programming and a team approach </li></ul>
  • 5. Topic Two – Media and Civil Society <ul><li>Establishment of a Media Council </li></ul><ul><li>Training in investigative journalism </li></ul><ul><li>Grants to civil society organizations for increased awareness of corruption </li></ul><ul><li>Corruption Perception Surveys </li></ul><ul><li>Media and civil society role as effective watchdogs of government institutions </li></ul>
  • 6. Topic Three – Value added role of academic institutions <ul><li>Use of local institutions for training in legal skills, journalism and IT </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction of new programs in procurement and media at the University of Malawi </li></ul><ul><li>Building capacity of academic institutions as well as the trainees </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability and cost effectiveness </li></ul>
  • 7. Topic 4 – Donor Coordination <ul><li>Casals comparatively small donor compared to World Bank and UNDP </li></ul><ul><li>Got seat at table through technical expertise and demonstrated commitment </li></ul><ul><li>Close coordination enabled to avoid overlap and maximize scarce resource </li></ul>
  • 8. Other useful approaches <ul><li>Regular exchange of views through periodic workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Team building exercises </li></ul><ul><li>Use of local expertise and resources </li></ul><ul><li>Cataylsts support </li></ul><ul><li>Close and meaningful participation </li></ul><ul><li>Strategic partnerships </li></ul>
  • 9. What This Means <ul><li>While requiring considerable follow up and dedication to ensure that all elements are moving forward together, an all encompassing approach is sometimes the best </li></ul><ul><li>Respect for the government that one is working with critical </li></ul><ul><li>Always essential to remember the people of the country know it best and be sensitive when looking for windows of opportunity. </li></ul>
  • 10. THANK YOU

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