Call for Nominations: 2015 Drivers of Change Awards

The Southern Africa Trust is an independent agency that supports deeper and wider engagement in regional policy to end poverty.

Southern Africa Trust is calling for applications for the 2015 Drivers of Change Awards.

Nominations for the 2015 Drivers of Change Awards are now open! Nominate individuals, businesses, civil society organisations and governments that are making a real impact in changing the lives of women and girls in southern Africa.

USAID Donates K79 Million to a Malawi NGO

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through Care Malawi has donated K78.75 million to Nkhotakota AIDS Support Organisation (NASO) for implementing a new three-year project known as Community Mobilisation Project.

NASO executive director, Tifa Ngoma, points out that the goal of the project, which will be implemented in six traditional authorities in Nkhotakota district, is to facilitate behavioural change that supports positive sustainable change in norms, attitude and individual household practices by December 2016.

Raising Malawi Applies for Registration

Madonna’s Raising Malawi Trust has finally applied to the country’s Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) Board for registration. This is according to the Board chairperson, Emily Banda.
The development comes barely four weeks after the Board accused the mega-rich United States pop star of carrying out programmes under an organisation that is not recognised by Malawi.

By-Law on Early Marriages Criticised

Some civil society leaders in Malawi are speaking against a by-law introduced by traditional authority (TA) Chitera of Chiradzulu district barring her subjects under the age of 21 from getting married.

According to Chitera, the by-law is a form of reducing increased cases of early marriage in her area, a situation she says has previously led to the highest levels of school dropout among girls.

Trees to Sustain Feeding Programme

For 11 years, the international NGO, Mary’s Meals, has been feeding young learners in 421 selected primary schools in Malawi.
The organisation, which puts the number of beneficiaries at 593 000, states that each day they usually receive hot porridge made from maize flour mixed with salt and sugar.

Men Urged to Get Involved in PMTCT Issues

My Village Organisation (MVO), a Malawian NGO, has launched a ‘Bring your Wife-PMTCT’ campaign that aim to engage men participation in the access and utilisation of prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) services.

Speaking during the launch at Bolero, the Tumbuka paramount chief called on men to accompany their pregnant spouses in order to get correct information on PMTCT and other antenatal services.

NGO Backs Planned January Protests

Malawi’s Council for Non-Governmental Organisations in Malawi (CONGOMA) has joined the Consumers’ Association of Malawi (CAMA) to mobilise people to stage a mass consumer protest in January 2013.
CONGOMA board chairperson, Voice Mhone, says that the council is concerned about the continued devaluation of the kwacha which, he says, due to the floatation of the currency, is currently estimated to be at 101 percent from the 49 percent announced in May this year.

Mixed Reactions to Suspended Anti-Gay Laws

A decision by Malawi authorities to suspend anti-homosexual laws in the predominantly religious Southern African nation of 13 million is sparking heated debate.

While human rights activists applaud the announcement, some socially conservative Malawians feel their government should not be copycatting everything from Western countries or nodding to whatever donors demand.

Malawi Suspends Anti-Gay Laws

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) says the Malawian government’s decision to suspend enforcement of laws that criminalise consensual same-sex conduct is the right thing to do, and should serve as an inspiration to other countries that criminalise homosexuality.

“Malawi has taken a bold step forward, putting respect for its own constitutional guarantees of equality front and centre,” explains Tiseke Kasambala, Africa advocacy director at HRW.


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