On 19 September 2018, the United Nations and the Government of Malawi signed the new United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) which will run from 2019 to 2023. The new UNDAF will succeed the UNDAF which ran from 2012 to 2016 with an extension until 2018.
UN Resident Coordinator Maria Jose Torres described the UNDAF as a strategic, medium term results framework that provides a collective vision and response of the UN System to national development priorities and results.
She said having national priorities at the top of planning efforts will enhance the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which has the overarching theme of leaving no one behind.
“The new UNDAF is grounded on three pillars which include peace, inclusion and effective institutions; human capital and population management; and inclusive and resilient growth. Working jointly and using the integrated approach will help in addressing the root causes of underdevelopment in Malawi,” said Torres.
She said the implementation of the new UNDAF will enhance the purpose of Delivering Transformation as One among UN Agencies, including at the local level. This encompasses UN Agencies and their partners working together with the government for sustainable development in Malawi.
Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe expressed his gratitude to the United Nations for the assistance and continued efforts in providing support to the government which has made significant strides in the health, agriculture, education and gender and development sectors.
Said the minister said: “The UNDAF pillars are well aligned to Malawi’s development objectives as outlined in the third Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS III). I have confidence that if we implement the new UNDAF, it can help Malawi reach its development aspirations.”
He added that the indicative resource envelope for the UNDAF which is about US$1.1 billion of which about $347 million is expected to be available, and about $742 million to be mobilised, will help in achieving the Agenda 2030 and the MGDS III.