Overview of SDG ProgressThe 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 ChangeMalawi 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
- Raising awareness on sustainable development to local communities
- Engaging National Planning Commission to ensure all Sector Working Groups are functional
- Localisation of SDGs through local frameworks
- Promoting good governance at all levels to ensure prudent resource use
- Prioritisation of SDGs and adequate financing