Multiparty democracy has guaranteed steady progress towards the attainment of open and democratic Government in Malawi. The country has to date, made tremendous efforts and changes in as far as transparency and accountability is concerned by putting in place policies, legal frameworks and institutions that support transparency and accountability. Moreover, the country has also taken strides to adopt and implement the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), which is a good tool to monitor revenue from the extractive industry sector.

However, much as these commendable strides have been made, there are a number of challenges in the transparency aspect in Malawi. While we have some requisite legal and policy frameworks, the implementation of the same is still a challenge. Access to information remains problematic and the passing of the access to information law will ensure that this issue is resolved. It is against this background that the Malawi Government is initiating a national dialogue on Open Government Partnership (OGP) in Malawi.
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Action Aid Malawi in partnership with Citizens for Justice (CFJ) with funding from Tilitonse Fund is implementing a 2 year project titled ‘Responsive Mining Governance for Equitable and Sustainable Development in Malawi’. The goal of the project is to promote transparency and accountability in the extractive sector for equitable and sustainable development in Malawi.

Malawi a predominantly agriculture economy is one of the least developed countries in the world with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of about US$2 Billion. Mining is expected to surpass the contribution of agriculture towards the GDP which is currently at 30%. Malawi is endowed with a number of valuable natural resources such as uranium, niobium, tantalum, zircon, coal, corundum, magnate, graphite, phosphate, and heavy sands. In the past five years, more than 200 mining licenses have been issued to both national and international companies and among these licenses are six petroleum exploration licenses. The country can only enjoy the benefits accrued from exploitation of such minerals if and only if the Government of Malawi employs a responsive and inclusive mining governance system.
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The World Justice Project (WJP) and Citizens For Justice (CFJ) signed a one year grant agreement to implement the Legal Aid Act in Malawi. WJP has recently donated the first half of the grant and the project will launch in the coming weeks.

The program aims at improving access to quality justice for all Malawians through the implementation of the Legal Aid Act by identifying, reviewing and litigating overdue cases every week. The program will be coordinated throughout the rural areas of Lilongwe and shall run for a year from the month of July, 2014 to June, 2015.
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In 2010, the community monitoring project was setup to give support to the kayelekera community in karonga to be able to effectively monitor the actions of the Kayelekera Uranium Mine. The program has so far trained members of the different communities with special focus on Kayelekera community in skills such as observation, analyzing and developing of action strategies. The participating members were also equipped with writing skills and organizing small community groups in planned action on specific community problems arising from the uranium mine and other mines in the district.
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The EITI has a robust yet flexible methodology that ensures a global standard is maintained throughout the different implementing countries. The EITI Board and the international Secretariat are the guardians of that methodology. Implementation itself, however, is the responsibility of individual countries. The EITI, in a nutshell, is a globally developed standard that promotes revenue transparency at the local level. The EITI Rules establishes the methodology countries need to follow to become fully compliant with the EITI.
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