Read the latest stories of change from the Mwananchi Programme: where our coordinators and grantees explore lessons from implementing the five year programme to improve governance and accountability for ordinary citizens.
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The Mwananchi Programme is coming to a close after five years implementing social accountability programmes in six African countries. Listen to our national coordinators describe what they see as the key successes and challenges of the projects in each country, and what they learnt from working with partners across the African continent.
A few weeks ago, a blog from our partner in Malawi explore the problem of access to healthcare in Phalombe, a district of Malawi. Local people had been waiting for the promised construction of a district hospital for three years, during which time, citizens have repeated held meetings and indabas (forums) to call on local and national government to construct the hospital.
Since screening a documentary exploring the health care situation in Phalombe, as well as other issues beign tackled by the Mwananchi partners in Malawi, on national television on 18th July. The documentary was due to run again on the 1st August but was blocked by politicians from Phalombe.
However, the President of Malawi, Joyce Banda, saw the documentary and after clarifying the situation, promised in a rally the following day to ensure the local hospital would be constructed.
All too often, community members feel disempowered and ignored about their wishes for the development of their area. Matilda Sibweza-Palamuleni, National Coordinator for Mwananchi in Malawi - the Liu Lathu project - describes her work on 'citizen charters'.
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
To mark the end of the Mwananchi programme (though not the end of the projects it has been funding for the past three years), Mwananchi Ghana has produced several mini documentaries looking at how some of the project partners have been tackling accountability and governance issues. These two documentaries focus on how communities interact with natural resources and the companies involved in their use.