Malawi SDG-Accelation Fund, UN pump K3bn into COVID-19 fight

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Malawi’s Sustainable Development Goals Acceleration Fund (SDG-AF) has allocated an additional MK3 billion to support national efforts to fight COVID-19.

At its meeting on February 5, the Fund’s Steering Committee, co-chaired by the Secretary to Treasury Chauncy Simwaka and the UN Resident Coordinator Maria Jose Torres, endorsed three Joint Programmes that address Malawi's national priorities.

The priorities are decentralising implementation to the district level and ensuring services reach the last mile.

“These programmes represent strategic partnerships between the Government of Malawi, including local authorities and communities, and the UN, thanks to the support of development partners in a step towards accelerating the SDG agenda in the next 10 years as outlined in the Malawi 2063 Vision,” Simwaka said.

Torres commenting said: “The new contribution, this time thanks to support from Canada, will strengthen Malawi’s response to tackle the pandemic and its adverse socio-economic effects by ensuring that vulnerable groups such as women and girls are not left behind in the response."

Each programme involves multiple government ministries and UN agencies, focusing on girls’ education, building resilient livelihoods for the poor and vulnerable, and improving access to basic healthcare.

The Fund was set up in 2019 by the Government of Malawi, development partners, and the United Nations (UN) to accelerate progress towards national attainment of the SDGs.

These programmes are financially supported by the Fund, thanks to the contributions of its donors: United Kingdom, Norway, Canada, Flanders, Ireland, Romania and the UN.