Ministry of Local Government has drilled district commissioners (DCs) in the country in financial management to help them implement social protection programmes easily.
Speaking on Monday in Dowa during the official opening of a three-day workshop for DCs on the Transform Programme, Deputy Minister of Local Government Halima Daud said social protection programmes could help eliminate poverty in the country.
She said the training was a capacity building initiative for the DCs to help improve the delivery and implementation of social protection programmes..
Daud admitted that one of the gray areas in the recent Local Authority Performance Assessment was to do with weak financial management.
She said: “The training is timely because it is a catalyst for mind-set change which is one of the pillars of the Malawi 2063.
“As council controlling officers, the DCs’ role in planning, leading, controlling and reporting on financial resources for social protection activities cannot be over-emphasised.”
International Labour Organisation (ILO) technical officer Patience Matandiko said there was need for government to invest in social protection programmes because they play an important role in eliminating poverty.
She said social protection programmes respond to Malawi 2063 agenda.
“The training will empower DCs as controlling officers in enhancing their capacity in the implementation of projects at district level, including the social protection programmes,” said Matandiko.
The Transform Programme is supported by ILO, Irish Embassy and GIZ, among other partners