Democracy, human rights and good governance
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DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS AND GOOD GOVERNANCE
The issues of democracy, human rights and good governance affect each and every person in Malawi. The Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM) runs a number of programmes to advocate for democracy, human rights and good governance in pursuit of its prophetic role. These programmes are managed directly by the Ethics, Peace and Justice Commission (EPJC) which is an arm of the EAM on social engagement and national concerns. Through EPJC we have managed to respond to a number of national social issues clearly spelling out our position as evangelicals on such topics.

Participation in advocacy groups
EAM participates in a number of ecumenical and interfaith advocacy groups and forums such as Public Affairs Committee (an interfaith group for religious entities), Act Alliance and other advocacy platforms established by key stakeholders tackling various areas of concern.

Community empowernment
EAM is working with and through its member churches to facilitate the implementation of advocacy projects in some districts in the country. One of these projects is Citizen Participation and Engagement on Policy and Good Governance which has been running since 2011. The project has been implemented in selected parts of four districts: Lilongwe, Mchinji, Ntcheu and Nkhotakota. One of its objectives is to increase the capacity of the citizens to participate fully in local and national decisions that affect their lives and to hold government and other duty bearers accountable. This will enhance greater transparency, accountability and responsiveness of parliamentarians and District Assembly officials in respect to the needs of the citizens in relation to the national budget.
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