United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) and German International Cooperation (GIZ) have called on government to capitalise on social protection programmes to ensure development and poverty reduction.
Malawi included social protection programmes as a sub-theme in the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy II (MGDSII).
In an interview on Tuesday in Mzuzu during a social protection programme training, Unicef chief of social policy Edward Archibald said social protection is key to the development and poverty reduction policies and strategies of any country.
“As the country will be designing the new national development strategy, we anticipate that social protection will continue to feature prominently and adequate resources allocated to the sector and programmes,” said Archibald.
GIZ social protection programme deputy team leader Selvi Vikan said Malawi needs to be more organised in implementing components of social protection programmes.
She said GIZ is impressed with the way the programme is impacting on people’s lives.
Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development director of social protection Harry Mwamlima said government appreciates the need to enhance social protection programme.n