Mwananchi Malawi - Liu Lathu
The local name for the Mwananchi programme in Malawi is Liu Lathu, which means ‘the voice’ in Chichewa, and its vision is of a country whose citizens have the capacity and means to engage the state on issues of accountability, transparency and responsiveness. To be implemented over a period of three-and-a-half years, the focus is on:
- strengthening capacity of citizens to engage the state on performance, accountability and transparency of elected leaders
- strengthening platforms and capacity for citizen participation in decision-making, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation
- strengthening citizen capacity to access justice
- promoting dialogue and interaction between civil society, media, and elected representatives
The national coordinating organisation is the Malawi Economic Justice Network (MEJN) – a Lilongwe-based non-governmental organisation with expertise on trade justice. More >
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Liu Lathu means 'our voice', an apt description for the Mwananchi project in Malawi. This report sums up 3 years of work implementing innovative projects to help ordinary Malawians raise their voices on issues affecting their lives. Battling entrenched issues of poor service delivery, absentee MPs and embedded cultural issues, the projects sought to find ways to help communities hold their duty-bearers to account.
“We were oppressed. We did not know what to do in order to access development and we didn’t even know where development money comes from... Now we know all about this development. We know that elected officials use our money which they flash as if it is their own and that they have to account for that,” Enifa Saladi, Radio Listening Club member, Zomba
The Centre for Human Rights Education, Advice and Assistance (CHREAA), a Blantyre-based human rights NGO, is working on a project that will empower rural people to demand their rights under the law.
In Phalombe district, as in many districts in Malawi, women and girls walk for hours every day to collect water. This article introduces the work of Mwananchi partner Umodzi Youth Organisation, which is raising awareness of the community's right to water.
Read about the early impact of Mwananchi Malawi's partner, the Development Communications Trust.