Germany and Malawi Concluded Bilateral Negotiations
Germany and Malawi have concluded bilateral government negotiations on development cooperation. Following the discussions on 11 and 13 November, the German Government committed a total of 58.3 million euros (approx. 34 billion MWK) for the support of the Malawian people in the period up to 2015. The funding will be made available in the form of grants and is dedicated to projects in health, education and private sector development in rural areas.
"Malawians are not on their own. We underline our continued commitment to improve the living conditions of the people of Malawi, even at times where the continued challenges in Malawi’s public financial and economic management do not allow us to channel our funding through government systems", stressed the German Ambassador, Peter Woeste.
Germany focuses on sectors which directly benefit the Malawian people. The additional funds will be used to improve the quality of education by contributing to teacher education and providing teaching and learning materials. In the health sector, German funding is aimed at improving universal access to reasonable quality basic health care, with a special focus on maternal and new-born health. In addition, both governments agreed to commence cooperation in the new focal area of private sector development in rural areas in order to create more income and employment for the rural poor in Malawi. This includes additional funding to Malawi under the special initiative "One World – No hunger" for rural development and food and nutrition security worldwide.
Germany also supports Malawi in the strengthening of public economic and financial management. Additional funding of 7 million euros (approx. 4 billion MWK) for this purpose had already been made available in direct response to the so-called cashgate scandal in the end of 2013.
The German delegation stressed that the impact of the German funding and support on the reduction of poverty in Malawi will depend on the political will of the Government of Malawi to initiate and implement central reforms, provide for an enabling environment in all these sectors and to meet the agreed counterpart contributions. "After cashgate business as usual is not an option. We will need credible results in order for trust to be restored. I consider these bilateral negotiations the decisive moment to demonstrate that Malawi has started to follow a new path," said the Head of the German Delegation, Alois Schneider. He added "Further commitments for Malawi can only be secured, if the German tax payer and the German parliamentarians can be sure that the German money is being used for the intended purpose and in the most effective way."
The relationship between Malawi and Germany looks back on a long tradition: Malawi is a partner for German Development Cooperation already since independence in 1964. Germany provides assistance through bilateral, regional and multilateral governmental development cooperation, as well as in cooperation with non-governmental organisations, churches and the private sector.
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