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USAID/Malawi Learn to Perform Supports NPC Media Seminar

Photo by the National Planning Commission.

On January 26, 2024, journalists gathered in Lilongwe for the second Media Seminar under the theme, “Malawi 2063 and the first 10 year implementation plan (MIP-1): Implementation, Coordination, and Tracking of Progress.” The event, organized by the National Planning Commission (NPC) with technical and logistical support from the United States Agency for Internation Development (USAID)/Malawi Learn to Perform Activity implemented by Banyan Global, aimed to update media professionals on the latest developments surrounding the Government of Malawi’s 2063 vision, shed light on the National Research Agenda, and facilitate closer interaction between the NPC and journalists.

Dr. Francis Ogojo Okello, Chief of Party for USAID Learn to Perform, speaks at the media seminar in Lilongwe. Photo by NPC.

Learn to Perform is a key partner in strengthening the strategic partnership between USAID and the NPC, the Government of Malawi’s lead agency for coordinating and overseeing the implementation of the country’s development efforts, articulated in the Malawi 2063 vision and MIP-1 plan. At the event, Dr. Francis Ogojo Okello, Chief of Party for the Learn to Perform Activity, reiterated the project’s commitment to supporting the NPC to implement MIP-1, particularly through enhancing its capacity in result measurement and evidence utilization. He remarked on the importance of balanced reporting on both successes and challenges to ensure the successful implementation of MIP-1.

Dr. Thomas Munthali, the NPC Director General, urged the media to hold duty bearers accountable and report on essential matters affecting the country to expedite progress towards the MIP-1 goals. Though challenges remain, Dr Munthali assured the audience that the NPC is actively working towards achieving the Malawi 2063 objectives and advancing the blueprint’s key enablers. As key stakeholders continue to work together towards the realization of Malawi’s long-term development agenda, events like this serve as catalysts for progress. In line with their duty to inform and hold authorities accountable, journalists play a vital role in accelerating the nation’s journey towards prosperity and self-reliance.

Dr. Okello is interviewed about the media seminar by ZODIAKtv on January 26, 2024.