What governments are doing to improve governance, the case of malawi


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What governments are doing to improve governance, the case of malawi

  1. 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. 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 & Associates in the Strengthening Government Integrity in Malawi Project </li></ul>
  3. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 10. THANK YOU