By Sarah Munthali
Mchinji, October 20, Mana: Presidential advisor on Non Governmental Organisation (NGOs) and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), Martha Kwataine, has called on CSOs and NGOs in Mchinji to advocate for the welfare of communities in the district.
Kwataine made the call in Mchinji on Tuesday, when she met members of the Mchinji District Civil Society Network to get familiarised with their roles in the district.
“Civil society organisations are partners in development, hence the need for them to advocate for the welfare of the locals. Let the ordinary man and woman at the community level know there is something they can gain from them not just monetary but mindset change,” she said.
Kwataine said CSO and NGOS are there to compliment and provide checks and balances to government efforts.
“This they can do by encouraging the communities to work hard in their farms, encourage girls to go to school. We want the CSOs presence to be felt in the village, areas and districts they are working,” she said.
Kwataine also called for sanity in the CSOs saying money received from donors should be channeled and do the intended purpose of improving the welfare of Malawians.
“Just like we want sanity in the civil service, the NGO Board should ensure that there is sanity in the civil society sector. Money that comes to Malawi in the name of Malawians from donors as long as it is in the country it should be used for the intended purpose,” she said.
Kwataine said the reforms government is championing emphasizes on intergrity, value for money and the CSOs are not spared.
Chairperson for Mchinji District Civil Society Network, Mereena John described the meeting with the presidential advisor as important saying it provided a platform to discuss issues affecting CSOs in the district.
“The meeting was important as it helped us CSOs, to tackle issues we face as we implement activities in different areas in different areas,” she said