Malawi leaders for more collaborative leadership and dialogueMar 26, 2018
As Malawi prepares for the upcoming 2019 Tripartite Elections, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in collaboration with the Office of President and Cabinet and Civil Society Taskforce, are scaling up interventions to ensure more collaboration and dialogue amongst key local leaders to achieve a common national vision around peace and stability in the country.
As part of the interventions, a three-day workshop on “Collaborative Leadership and Dialogue” in Lilongwe brought together local leaders from political parties, senior Government officials and the representatives of Civil Society Organizations, to discuss on how Malawian leaders can collaborate and use dialogue for a common national good.
The creative and participatory methodologies of the training helped the participants overcome their differences, and the transformation in the group dynamics created safe space that allowed them to open up and reflect on weaknesses.
At the end of the workshop, the group discussed what is needed to improve collaboration, dialogue and coherence among Malawian leaders, and within their own institutions. The participants discussed the need to strengthen grassroots civic education for bottom-up approach; to use public reforms as a vehicle for change; and to strengthen Collaborative Learning and Dialogue approaches to local leaders and others.
They also stressed the importance of key common values to help drive positive change in the various sectors, which included; transparency, accountability, tolerance, openness, honesty, teamwork high work-ethics, commitment and so on.
The opening session of the workshop was presided over by the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Samuel Tembenu and the UNDP Deputy Representative for Programmes, Ms. Claire Medina.
In reflecting on the significance of the workshop, one of the participants of the workshop said, “The discussion on what Malawian leaders look like, and what they should look like, was a good reflection on ourselves as leaders. I am interested in how we will change ourselves in our leadership roles and how we take this learning opportunity forward.”
“As a leader, it is important to admit our mistakes and say sorry,” said a participant, reflecting the training.
The Collaborative Leadership and Dialogue Workshop was organised from 12th – 14th March under the UNDP’s Social Cohesion Project, which has supported the Government since 2012, including in the process of developing a National Peace Policy, which was launched by His Excellency Prof. Peter Mutharika, the State President of Malawi.