Responsive Institutions and Citizen Engagement
The Responsive Institutions and Citizen Engagement (RICE) Portfolio of UNDP Malawi supports national projects/programmes that aim to improve effectiveness, efficiency and accountability of democratic governance institutions to ensure improved, inclusive and accessible public services.
In 2018, the RICE portfolio will support supports nationally implemented programmes covering all 35 local councils. Through joint UN Programmes, and based on its comparative advantage in democratic governance, human rights, accountability and development financing and effectiveness; the portfolio will contribute to the acceleration of the achievement of Malawi’s Growth and Development Strategy goals that are aligned to Sustainable Development Goals 1, 5, 10, 16 and 17. Civic Engagement, capacity building and gender equality will remain cross-cutting across portfolio programmes. Stronger partnerships will be rolled out in areas of Local Governance and Decentralization; elections, strengthening oversight institutions, development financing and effectiveness; data collection, analysis and use.
The Portfolio works towards contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); objectives and targets for UNDP Global Strategic Plan, the UNDAF and the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS III.