Malawi Government, UNDP launch Malawi National HDR with Parliamentarians

Jul 1, 2016

Minister of Finance, Hon. Goodall Gondwe (Left) and UN Resident Coordinator & UNDP Resident Representative, Mia Seppo having a closer look at the summary of key findings at the launch of the Malawi National Human Development Report

The Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development in collaboration with UNDP have launched the Malawi National Human Development Report (NHDR) with Members of Parliament (MPs).

The official launch of the MNHDR whose theme is Inclusive Growth in Malawi took place at Parliament building in Lilongwe, presided over by the Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Hon. Dr. Goodall Gondwe and attended by the Chairpersons of various Parliamentary Committees in the Malawi’s National Assembly.

In his remarks, Hon. Goodall Gondwe underscored the important role MPs can play in ensuring all citizens participate in economic activities and benefit from the country’s economic growth, saying the levels of inequality in Malawi require concerted effort to address.

“Most Malawians are not involved in productive activities. They rely on hand-outs but the key to inclusive growth lies in increase in people contributing to GDP through their participation in productive activities,” the Minister said.

Hon. Gondwe said not only should citizens be involved in the consumption but also in production in order to fully embrace inclusive growth in Malawi.

On her part, the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Ms. Mia Seppo said the main purpose of the report is to bring about public debate and trigger policy action around human development, economic growth and distribution of economic benefits in Malawi.

“We expect the report findings and recommendations to spur debate and inform policy decisions pertaining to inclusive growth,” said Ms. Seppo at the launch, calling on the members of the August House to continue engaging in constructive debate on the issues presented in the report.

Ms. Seppo asked the MPs to support initiatives and pieces of legislation that UNDP in collaboration with the Government of Malawi and other stakeholders is supporting. Such initiatives include the Land Bill, Public Sector Reforms, Political Parties legislation and other policies that are aimed at creating positive changes for Malawi.

The Malawi National Human Development Report noted a number of challenges hampering inclusive growth including high levels of poverty and inequality, high unemployment rate, high school drop-out rate and low transition rates from primary to secondary school, lack of participation in political space among citizens, HIV and AIDS, high fertility rate and lack of enabling infrastructure to support economic growth like roads.

The report recommends, among other things, de-politicization of Government and public service provision; ensuring transparency and accountability of services; and continuous engagement of citizens throughout development processes.