Rev. Evans Jeka, Project Manager // Photo: Sven Kubetzko
Although Malawi's economy revolves around agrucuture, mining plays an increasingly important part. The Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM) therefore implemented the Tonse Tipindule Mining Governance Project (September 2013 to October 2015) in the districts Mulanje, Phalombe and Mwanza to make sure that the people of Malawi will benefit from that development. The citizens at national and district level needed to be empowered with knowledge and skills in mining issues which include policy and legal framework, good governance, constitutional rights and public accountability tools to successfully engage Members of Parliament, District Council officials and mining investors.
CAG members at a site left by miners
Key activities and results
EAM established seven Community Action Groups (CAG) at district level. 140 CAG members were equipped with relevant knowledge on topics such as mining issues and conducted community awareness meetings at village level. We also trained 60 faith leaders.
Twelve so called Indabas were conducted. These meetings were platforms for the communities, miners and government to communicate. As a result several corporate social responsibilities development programmes were adopted.
These are just two of various activities facilitated during the project period. And despite all challenges the project has shown that awareness, knowledge, cooperation can lead to economic, social and political influence.