As part of promoting transparency and accountability; Council for Non-Governmental Organizations (CONGOMA) in collaboration with Non Governmental Organisation Board held the NGO week from Tuesday 17th th to Friday 20th November to , 2015 in Lilongwe, at Sapitwa Hall, Crossroads Hotel. The theme was:” Partnerships for mutual accountability and sustainable development results”Opening the launch of the NGO week, Hon. Patricia Kaliati, Minister of Gender…… stressed that NGOs and civil society should go into the rural areas and disseminate information on issues of national importance. She appreciated the work being done by NGOs in their respective projects as that contributes to the country’s development hence gaining donor trust. The minister humbly requested the donor community to uplift the struggling NGOs as this will help them have a wider catchment area in their projects implementation. She was impressed to hear that a number of NGOs are implementing their projects to complement government policies such as Millenium Development Goals (MDGS) and Malawi Growth Development strategy (MGDS).
Emily Banda, Chairperson of NGO board said the NGO week is a way of showing what NGOs are doing. “This week is vital that we show accountability to the people we are serving. Mostly we are showing people what we are doing. The NGOs are doing a tremendous Job. We are impressed with what is being done lately “Banda Said. She strongly advised NGOs to share quarterly narrative and financial reports to ensure accountability; only 8% of the registered non-governmental organizations provide these reports. Dr Mary Shaba, Principal Secretary of Ministry of Gender and Children Welfare echoed similar sentiments.
The first NGO week was held in 2004 at Lilongwe Technical College where late president Dr Bingu wa Muntharika graced the occasion. Another one was held in Mzuzu in 2007 and lastly the NGO week was commemorated in Lilongwe last year, president Peter Muntharika witnessed the occasion.
NGO week 2015 was hosted by CONGOMA in partnership with the NGO board. CONGOMA is the coordinator of all NGOs in Malawi as per NGO Act 2000. Over 50 NGOS had displays of their activities some with slide projections depicting their work, there were several areas ranging from Agriculture, health, water, energy conservation and use of local resources among many.
PACHI held their activities under the theme: sustainable community interventions: Community Maternal Deaths adopted as Maternal Death Surveillance and Response and Village blood donation after evidence reducing maternal and child mortality. The Minister echoed use of Mamaye clubs to disseminate information on Family planning and small family sizes apart from peer education for a healthy nation during the viewing of PACHI pavilion.
Tambosi Phiri, project manager (left) at NGO week function presenting the work that PACHI is implementing in Malawi, on the right the Right Honourable minister of Gender women and children interacting
Esther Kainja, Health Officer interacting with one of the participants from the Women Support Club (CBO), trying to understand PACHI activities