Overview of SDG Progress

The past five years have been used for aligning local programmes to regional and global frameworks such as African Union's Agenda 2016 and SDGs. Additionally, Malawi Vision 2020 launched in 1998 is expiring in 2020 and there is need for a successor strategy. However, the pace at which Malawi is moving towards achieving all the SDGs is very slow. To address this, the National Planning Commission and CONGOMA have been exerting efforts to revamp functionality of the Sector Working Groups which look at technicalities of implementing sector programmes in line with local, regional and global development frameworks. To accelerate achievement, there is need for Malawi to prioritise SDGs; exercise prudence in resource use; generate more resources locally; and depoliticise development interventions.

Overview of Climate Change

Malawi has experienced significant disruption to weather patterns, ranging from severe drought conditions to extreme flooding events with flash floods since 2014. The droughts have had irreversible and damaging effects on crop and livestock production, leading to food insecurity. Malawi is particularly vulnerable to climate change because of its heavy reliance on rain-fed agriculture and narrow economic base. The current response to climate change is sadly, reactive. There are initiatives on climate change adaptation and mitigation that are being carried out by various stakeholders, but the scale is still too small to lead to real impact at national level. This is happening despite Malawi signing or ratifying various regional and global frameworks including the SDGs among others.

Civil Society Priorities

  1. Raising awareness on sustainable development to local communities
  2. Engaging National Planning Commission to ensure all Sector Working Groups are functional
  3. Localisation of SDGs through local frameworks
  4. Promoting good governance at all levels to ensure prudent resource use
  5. Prioritisation of SDGs and adequate financing

Civil Society Engagement

CONGOMA has a seat in the coordination structure for the Sector Working Groups under the leadership of the National Planning Commission. CONGOMA ensures CSOs participate in all the 16 Sector Working Groups. CONGOMA further participates in more than 10 Government-led committees / taskforces which enables CSOs to offer opinions regarding national development processes. These opportunities enabled CONGOMA and its membership to participate in national processes prior to and after 2030 Agenda.

Public Awareness

SDGs have been translated by various groups including CSOs (under the banner of Civil Society Taskforce on SDGs) and UNDP. Though CSO district networks are working with district councils, the process has not been sustainable due to limited resources. However, CSOs, including CONGOMA have conducted studies to establish compatibility of SDGs with MGDS III. Additionally, national review of MGDS II (2016-2017) and MDGs provide insights on how Malawi can better achieve the SDGs. It is imperative to mention that more research is required to ascertain the readiness of Malawi in achieving SDGs due to its high poverty levels of over 50%. In view of this, CONGOMA is ensuring that NGO initiatives are aligned to MGDS III and SDGs at registration and renewal of membership

National Coalition

Council for NGOs in Malawi - CONGOMA / GCAP Malawi

Amina House (Units 11 and 12), Along Paul Kagame Road, P.O. Box 2264, Lilongwe. Tel: +265 1 759 881 /2 Mobile: +265 991 609 007

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