Tilitonse Foundation’s quest for improved governance and accountability will see Nation Publications Limited (NPL) along with four non-governmental organisations implementing a series of advocacy and accountability projects across the country
The state of governance and management project will be implemented in the country’s main urban areas of Lilongwe, Zomba, Blantyre, Mzuzu and other district councils nationwide through the Tilitonse grants.
Apart from NPL, other institutions set to implement the project include Oxfam, Find Your Feet, Civil Society Nutrition Alliance (Cisona) and Malawi Local Government Association (Malga).
Speaking at a day-long post award workshop, Tilitonse Foundation head of finance and audit committee Alipo Nyondo said the project is in line with the objectives of the foundation to promote good governance.
He said the grants will help the organisations to foster good governance by taking duty-bearers to account for their actions.
Said Nyondo: “We believe that for everything to run well in a nation, it starts with governance. If there are loopholes or gaps in governance at the top, nothing works out at the bottom.”
He said the foundation has given out 390 000 euros (about K339 million) with varied allocation per the five beneficiary organisations.
In his turn, the foundation’s chief executive officer Robert White said they launched the urban governance and management project that has three priority areas which encompass institutional change, local governance and the strengthening of citizen activeness.
He said the foundation intends to improve the country’s governance issues by supporting partners implementing projects in the thematic areas in Lilongwe, Mzuzu and Zomba.
NPL head of sales and marketing Macdonald Kadewa said NPL is proud to have been awarded the grant—the only media house among the recipients—saying the grant will enable the media house to directly contribute towards good governance.
He revealed that NPL’s project, which is worth 60 000 euros (about K52 million), will benefit the people of Lilongwe’s Kauma location by promoting good governance in service delivery and the nation at large as the outcomes from the project may also be replicated in other communities in the country.