The Royal Norwegian Embassy has released K1.1 Billion in grant to the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare for the implementation of 50-50 Campaign programme to increase women's political participation ahead of the 2019 tripartite Elections.
According to a statement made available to Newsline, the grant is for a two year project aimed to increase the number of women in politics through interventions that target the public as voters, women themselves, civil society organizations and other key players.
“The grant will be managed by a consortium comprising of the Center for Civil Society Strengthening-CCSS and Action Aid Malawi selected through a competitive bidding process by a panel that include Royal Norwegian Embassy, Gender Ministry and UNDP among others.
In order to achieve these objectives, the consortium will work with UN Agencies, Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), accredited gender focused NGOs, International Organizations, Parliamentary Women's Caucus, Community Based Organizations and Grassroots Gender women's movements,” reads the statement in part.
The statement further indicates that qualified NGOs will be expected to apply for grants to be given based on strict criterion which will soon be popularized through the media and stakeholder sessions.
The consortium has developed a theory of change on which all participating NGOs will ground their respective approaches.