Government of Malawi and UNDP sign new Project Documents on the “Support to Democratic Governance Sector, 2013-2016”

Jun 18, 2013

The Government of Malawi through the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs (MoJCA), has developed a four year project to support the Democratic Governance Sector with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The Democratic Governance sector in Malawi consists of nineteen institutions responsible for the administration of justice and democratic accountability. It cuts across the three arms of government: the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary and embraces all organised civil society and citizen actions in the area of democratic governance.

The Government of Malawi recognises the strategic importance of democratic governance in achieving the country’s social and economic development agenda. This is elaborated in the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS) where emphasis is placed on improving democratic governance as a foundation for poverty reduction and sustainable development. It also recognises the need to have a forum for negotiating policy dialogue and agreements of plans and undertakings of government and its development partners at a sectoral level using a coordinated and harmonised approach, but also as a commitment to the Paris Declaration (2005) and the Accra Agenda for Action (2008).

In line with the MGDS and the 2008 Guidelines for the establishment of Sector Working Groups in Malawi, MoJCA has been leading effort to ensure a harmonised approach to democratic governance in Malawi. This led to the development of a concept note in 2009 for the creation of a single, cohesive and coordinated Democratic Governance sector, in order to improve service delivery and address systemic challenges facing sector institutions.  This initiative was later followed by the drafting of the sector Policy Framework Paper in 2010, and the formulation of the Democratic Governance Sector Strategy (DGSS) in 2012 covering the period 2013-2017.

The project is designed to support the implementation of the Democratic Governance Sector Strategy 2013-2017.  It will focus on strengthening the sector as a whole and the individual institutions that make up the sector, so that they are more effective, efficient and able to realise the Key Result Areas identified in the Sector Strategy. The result areas targeted for support under the strategy are:

  • Effective Democratic Governance sector institutions, 
  • Strengthened rule of law, improved access to justice, public safety and security,
  • Improved protection of human rights,
  • Free and credible elections,
  • Transparent accountable and responsive public institutions, and
  • More effective independent and representative legislature.

It is envisaged that the support will enhance the ability of sector institutions to deliver services in a more transparent, coherent and accountable manner, and improve access to justice for the ordinary citizens, especially the most vulnerable groups; women and children. The project also seeks to support the Democratic Governance Sector to improve coordination amongst sector institutions, through enhance information sharing and communication; improve joint planning, budgeting, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

 The Support to the Democratic Governance Sector Project will be implemented over a period of four years, from 2013 to 2016, and has a total budget of USD 5.3 million. Out of this budget, USD 3.9 million has been committed from UNDP’s core funding sources.

Contact information

Steven Kamponda
UNDP Communications Assistant
Tel: +265-1-773-500 or +265-999-404-278


Fred Mwathengere
UNDP Assistant Resident Representative
Tel: +265-1-773-500.

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