Minister Hails Government - UNDP Long Time Partnership as UNDP Commemorates 50 Years of Development WorkOct 19, 2016
The Minister of Civic Education, Culture and Community Development, Honourable Patricia Kaliati has hailed a long standing development partnership between the Government of Malawi and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) dating back to 50 years ago.
The Minister was speaking at the 50th Anniversary commemoration event held at Mitundu Primary School in Lilongwe under the theme; Consolidating Gains, Shaping the Future.
She highlighted a number of contributions that UNDP has made in the last 50 years of development work in Malawi such as UNDP’s support to Malawi’s transition to multiparty political dispensation and support to free and fair elections since 1993.
She commended UNDP for its programmes in governance, gender equality & women empowerment, climate change, disaster risk management, environment and natural resources management, HIV prevention, public sector reform, social cohesion, economic competitiveness and private sector development.
“We need to take a look at the gains Malawi has achieved over the past 50 years with support from UNDP and build on them to achieve a better future while leaving no one behind as we forge ahead with the implementation of the Agenda 2030,” said Honourable Kaliati.
Honourable Kaliati said that UNDP in Malawi has concentrated its work and resources on human rights, democratic governance and the electoral processes.
“As a result of this, the democratic accountability of the key institutions has been strengthened. Therefore, through its programmes, the UNDP has contributed to the peace and stability we enjoy in the country today,” she said.
UNDP Resident Representative, Ms. Mia Seppo said UNDP’s mandate remains as compelling today as it was at its inception fifty years ago. She commended the continued partnership between the Government of Malawi and UNDP which triggered a number of significant development gains in the last 50 years.
“I would like to thank the Government of Malawi for being our committed partner over the past 50 years. With the Sustainable Development Goals now in place, we stand ready to sharpen our focus and redirect our energies and resources to their implementation,” said Ms. Seppo, further calling for the need to forge stronger partnership and collective action to break the cycle of chronic vulnerability to recurrent shocks, poverty and food insecurity.
A former employee of UNDP Malawi, Mr. Augustine Bobe outlined some of the key achievements that UNDP has made in its 50 years of existence in Malawi. Some of the projects include the establishment of PRIDE Malawi, a micro finance institution that was supported by UNDP and United Nations Capital Development Fund, the Malawi Institute of Tourism which was funded by UNDP in collaboration with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Malawi Institute of Management (MIM) which advances professional training in various careers.
“It was an honour and a privilege to work for an organization which has helped Malawi in various sector of development,” said Mr. Bobe
In his welcome remarks, traditional authority Chiseka thanked UNDP for organizing the event in his area, saying that such a gesture signified the commitment of both the UNDP and the Government of Malawi to continue uplifting the lives of the rural poor.
The event was attended by UNDP’s implementing partners, development partners, media practitioners and current and former UNDP staff members, students from various schools and traditional leaders who were treated to comedy, students parade, traditional dances and music performances.