By: Vincent Gunde
The Malawi Economic Justice Network (MEJN), has embarked on two projects in Dowa and Ntchisi districts.
Child focused budgeting project will be implemented in three districts of Nsanje, Nkhotakota and Dowa while Civic Engagement in borehole contracting processes project in the two districts of Ntchisi and Dowa.
The European Union has been funding the project that MEJN was implementing in Dowa between February, 2016 and June,2018 in the three Area Development Committees of T/A’s Mkukula, Mponela and Chakhaza.
Speaking during a District executive council committee meeting held at the Dowa boma, MEJNs Programs Manager, Kelvin Chirwa, said the project will be implemented in its catchment areas to avoid juplication efforts with other NGOs implementing similar interventions as those of MEJN.
Chirwa said the main outcomes of the projects are improved,equity, efficiency, accountability and effectiveness in the management of decentralised resources to advance children right in selected districts.
He said the child focused budgeting project will improve evidence base on size and efficiency of social sectors, strengthened mechanisms for budget transparency, accountability and public participation in district planning and budgeting and improved coordination in child budgeting, analysis and advocacy by Civil Society at national and sub national level for enhanced impact.
The manager said the civic engagement in borehole contracting processes project will contribute towards increased transparency and accountability in the open contracting by empowering MEJN chapters in the three Area Development Committees of Dowa to effectively scrutinise, monitor the implementation of borehole contracts.
” ADCs will be empowered to scrutinise and monitor the implementation of borehole contracts as a matter of promoting transparency, ” said Chirwa.
In his remarks, Dowa District Social Welfare Officer, Alex Kamowa asked MEJN to think of the hearing impairments for special needs for them to participate and contribute to the success of the project in the district.
Kamowa said he is more than happy to learn that the MEJN project will be implemented in the district alongside implementing partners such as CSOs, MEJN chapters and actors in child rights.
The child focused budgeting project will be implemented to the tune amounting to 20,000 US dollars while the Civic engagement in borehole contracting project, 60,000 Euros.