By Daniel Namwini:
Centre for Social Concern (CfSC) has embarked on a three-months project to strengthen the capacity of citizens to demand transparency and accountability for improved Public Financial Management (PFM) to reduced poverty and inequality.
Programs manager for the organization, Bernard Mphepo revealed the development on Wednesday at Linde Hotel in Dowa district during a-long-day media training.
The training aimed to increase levels of understanding on public finance management and create positive debate and synergy amongst different actors.
“The project total value of 102 000 Euros from GIZ, will run from January to March, 31, 2021 across the country, to strengthen capacity for both citizens and civil society organizations,” he said.
Mphepo added that the project will also facilitate evidence-based advocacy activities such as facilitate interface meetings between citizens and duty-bearers, public debates and among others on the public finance management.
He highlighted that the project will target Malawians due to high levels of corruption that cause poverty, limited knowledge among citizens to demand transparency and accountability in public finance management including the gap between the rich and poor.
One of the presenters during the event, Precious Chimbamba said the Public Finance Management Act, 2003, aims at fostering and enhancing effective and responsible economic and financial management by government, including adherence to policy objectives.
“Roles of various key players are highlighted such as the responsibilities of Minister of Finance, Secretary to the Treasury and Controlling Officers,” he said.
Chimbamba said for the promotion of the good governance including fiscal transparency, the media and parliamentarians should be actively involved in the budget process
“Journalists should be conversant with the processes, laws and regulations that govern the budget if they are effectively report on budget related issues,” he said.
The Centre for Social Concern is a Christian faith-based organisation which was founded in 2002 as a “project” of the Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers) who have been in operation in Malawi for over hundred years to promoting a just society through evidence based advocacy.