Malawi

Joined 2013

The following text was contributed by the Government of Malawi. 

Across the world, there is an increasing demand from citizens, and corresponding obligations from governments, to provide quality services to the public. Malawi’s initiative to join Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a reflection of her commitment to promote greater transparency and accountability in providing public services to its citizens.

In doing this, the Government of Malawi has embraced fundamental democratic reforms to increase transparency, accountability and effectiveness to achieve open and fair governance, for the benefit of the people of Malawi. Since joining OGP, much progress has been made by the Government of Malawi towards open government goals, especially in the following areas:

Access to Information

Following a decade long advocacy for an ATI law, there has been good progress by the Malawi Government in ensuring that the Access to Information as provided for in the Constitution is concretised through an enabling Policy and Law. The Access to Information Policy is in its final stage of consultation, before submitting it to Cabinet for consideration and adoption, offering great assurance that the country will have an Access to Information Policy before the end of 2013. Adoption of the Policy will accelerate the passing of the Access to Information Draft Bill.

Citizen Empowerment

The Malawi Government in June 2013 launched the Malawi Public Service Charter and the Code of Conduct and Ethics. All Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies have been directed to formulate and popularise their Service Charters by July, 2014. The process of formulating Customer Service Charters involves the Civil Society.

The Service Charters provides for a framework whereby the Government and the Citizenry enter into an agreement on the quality of services expected from Government, and offering the citizenry the power to take Government institutions to task if they do not deliver according to what is stipulated in the Service Charters. The public will now be empowered to question and take the Government to task, thereby ensuring that high quality public services are provided to the people.

ICT

Malawi did not have any coordinated and focused development and utilisation of ICTs due to the absence of any framework to promote ICTs. The absence of the ICT Policy resulted in ICT services being concentrated in urban areas while rural and peri-urban areas where most Malawians live have been neglected. In this respect, the Government of Malawi has just adopted the National ICT Policy, which offers tremendous improvements in Malawi’s ICT in its initial implementation period from October 2013 to July 2024. Some notable benefits that will come with the implementation of the Policy include enhancement of development and utilisation of ICTs in rural areas where majority of Malawians are based; a well coordinated and focussed ICT development; and increased information flows and knowledge transfer across the nation. To-date a number of rural tele-centres have already been established.

In terms of institutional arrangements, the Office of the President and Cabinet, together with the Ministry of Information, will play a critical role in driving OGP initiatives in the country. The OPC has created a Public Affairs Unit, to increase citizens’ engagement with the Government, and will give the process the necessary political leadership, to ensure commitments receive the necessary political support for implementation. The Ministry of Information, on the other hand, will be key in delivering on three of the four pillars of OGP (access to information, ICT and citizen empowerment.  

Malawi's Letter of Intent to Join OGP:

 

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