The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) has embarked on a programme that aims at improving a working relationship between communities and local councils in Lilongwe, Balaka and Machinga districts.
Country director for NDI Malawi Taona Mwanyisa this week said the institute will provide funding to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to promote the issues of advocacy and accountability in the three districts.
“Local government councils are the most direct point of contact between citizens and government; and have the mandate to enhance community representation in government decision making,” said Mwanyisa.
He said the programme will focus on citizen participation in local government, accountability and participatory budgeting mechanisms, communication strategies and effective public outreach.
NDI expects that 83 councillors from Lilongwe, Machinga and Balaka will benefit from the training alongside staff from district executive committees (DECs).
Its assistance is part of the Malawi Electoral and Decentralisation Activity (Meda) programme funded by the United States Agency for International Development (Usaid) to foster an inclusive, transparent and credible electoral process.