Achieving the SDGs in Malawi: Challenges and Opportunities
This roundtable will explore the role of the SDGs as a framework to promote policymaking related to development in Malawi.
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One of the unanswered questions of the SDGs relates to how low-income countries and conflict-prone fragile states will be able to plan, coordinate and fund development programs in line with the goals and aligned with their national interest. And while the private sector in many countries appears to have embraced specific SDGs, there are growing concerns that achieving one target may undermine the achievement of another.
Malawi, although a prioritized aid recipient of many donor countries, continues to face enormous developmental challenges. Recognizing that foreign aid alone cannot close the funding gaps in securing progress towards sustainable development, the role of alternative funding sources, such as domestic tax revenues and private sector finance, assumes crucial importance.
How, and to what extent, have policymakers in Malawi embraced the 2030 Agenda? What has been the impact of SDGs on policy formulation? What are the linkages between aid, taxation and the private sector in securing funding for implementation of the SDGs? And what has been the response from civil society and businesses? What should Malawi do differently to achieve the SDGs?
09:00 - 09:10 Opening remarks
Prof. Richard Tambulasi, Principal of Chancellor College, University of Malawi
09:10 - 10:30 Governance and the SDGs
Comments by Benedicto Kondowe, Executive Director of the Civil Society
Coalition on Quality Basic Education
10.30 - 10:45 Coffee break
10.45 - 12:00 Aid, business and the SDGs
Comments by Dr. Ngeyi Kanyongolo, Chancellor College, University of Malawi