Malawi launches the Aid Management Platform public portalOct 29, 2013
The government of Malawi in collaboration with World Bank and UNDP have launched the Aid Management Platform (AMP) public portal at Ufulu Gardens in Lilongwe. Minister of Finance, Maxwell Mkezalamba presided over the launch, which was followed by a workshop on open development for evidence based policy.
The AMP is an official online tool that allows the government and its partners to share information on aid-funded projects and enable users to analyse information and generate customised reports and data visualisations. It is a result of the country’s participation in the Open Aid Partnership (OAP) which brings together development partners, governments, civil society organisations, foundations, and the private sector to improve aid transparency and effectiveness.
Speaking during the launch, Mkwezalamba noted that the OAP helps open up location-based development data to engage citizens and other stakeholders in evidence-based conversations on development. He said greater transparency on the part of government and cooperating partners is very critical to ensure that the open development agenda is achieved.
“For Malawi, greater transparency means opening up information on development projects and policies to Malawian citizenry by providing them with the tools and information they need to better hold their government and its cooperating partners accountable. It also means ensuring that this is easily accessible and relevant to the public to ensure the supply of development data is met with broad-based demand,” said Mkezalamba.
In her remarks, UNDP Resident Representative in Malawi, Mia Seppo said the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, South Korea crystallised a vision for enhancing development effectiveness through a renewed global partnership for development cooperation.
She said, “The launch of a public site on the AID Management Platform marks an important milestone in this process by making information about development spending easier to access, use and understand. In addition to improving the public availability of aid data, a major priority going forward is to improve the use of this data for generating evidence for decision-making and for making collaboration amongst patterns stronger.”
In the workshop that followed after the launch, panel discussions were held and centred on key development issues surrounding the use and promotion of data in policy making decisions and planning. Issues of fragmentation of data, coordination and collaboration amongst partners and alignment to the second Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDSII) were also tackled. The discussants and participants included officials from government ministries, development partners, Chairpersons of Parliamentary Committees, private sector, academia and civil society organizations. Focus was placed on collectively identifying ways to harness development data to support effective policy making.
The Open Aid Partnership is a global initiative that brings together 19 development partners to promote open development and improve aid transparency and effectiveness. The AMP is managed by the Debt and Aid Management Division of the Ministry of Finance. The public portal can be accessed on http://malawiaid.finance.gov.mw