New Unicef rep in, aims to give Malawian children bright futures

Francis Kasaila, New Unicef rep

Newly-appointed Unicef Representative to Malawi, Rudolf Schwenk, has presented his credentials to the Malawi's Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon Francis Kasaila,MP.

Schwenk who takes over from Johannes Wedenig will oversee the current five-year 2019-23Unicef Programme of Cooperation with the Southern African country. He takes over from the previous representative. 
Welcoming Schwenk to Malawi, Kasaila said: “We appreciate the work of Unicef in Malawi and it is touching the lives of so many children and mothers. Its presence is felt everywhere in the country and it is well appreciated. When you travel through Malawi, you can see the impact that Unicef has on the lives of the people.”

The new representative has worked with the United Nations for 24 years, 19 of them with Unicef.

“I am delighted to be here in Malawi and look forward to serving the children of this country, through Unicef’s cooperation with the Government and our many partners,” Mr Schwenk said the 55 year-old German father of two.

“Malawi is rightly known as the ‘warm heart of Africa’ and I have received a very warm welcome. There are many challenges facing children and young people in this country but also many opportunities, and I am confident that together we can find effective and sustainable solutions, giving children a brighter future.”  

Mr Schwenk has worked in very different country contexts, covering both development and humanitarian settings and including global-level emergencies in West Africa and Europe. He has worked in both programmes and operations. Prior to his arrival in Malawi in August 2019, he was the UNICEF Representative in Bhutan, where he achieved sustainable results for children.  

Unicef has been operating in Malawi since 1964. The current Country Programme (2019-23) aims to support national efforts to realise the rights of children and women through improved child survival, development, protection and participation.