The Government of Malawi, with the support of development partners, is making advances in coordinating social protection schemes to establish a consolidated national social protection system. A national policy has been adopted, and in 2018 the new Malawi National Social Support Programme 2018-2022 (MNSSP II) was launched to implement the national vision to reduce poverty, promote resilient livelihoods and protect against shocks.
Our Development Pathways team, in collaboration with GFA Consulting Group GmBH, will from 2019 work with Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmBH to support the Government of Malawi to further consolidate the nation’s social protection system: by strengthening the capacity of district councils, improving the management of social protection programmes at the district level, and developing and enabling the implementation of appropriate instruments or mechanisms for the MNSSP II.
A big focus of the MNSSP II is to equip officials and administrators at central, district and local levels with the capacities and tools to enable them to better plan and implement social protection schemes. As such, our assignment for Malawi will involve developing materials for a certificate training course on social protection, provide training to trainers and develop an overall social protection implementation manual for all the programmes within the MNSSP II.
The project will also seek to provide tools to harmonise delivery across the country. District councils currently use different systems and payment and grievance mechanisms, so our teams will develop a harmonised payment mechanism for a number of schemes and further develop the data management systems that underpins them – as well as developing integrated applications.
Our teams will also provide support to national and district level officers on watershed management within the framework of public works programmes so as to better link social protection schemes with climate change resilience measures.
This project is implemented on behalf of the GIZ Social Protection Programme Malawi and funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID).