Lilongwe, March 22, 2016: Chief Secretary to the Government George Mkondiwa on Monday described the launch of Africa Community of Practise (AfCoP) as a milestone and a timely initiative towards improvement and effectiveness of public service management and delivery.
AfCop is a continental initiative adopted in 2007, to ensure that all government programs have a positive bearing on its people.
Speaking when he launched AfCoP’s, Mkondiwa said the mandate is to implement the Management for Development Results (MfDR) initiative which has emerged as a centre piece of global efforts to improve effectiveness of public service management.
“The focus on public service delivery is on performance and achievement of outcomes and long term impacts among the intended beneficiaries.
At the turn of millennium, MfDR has provided a framework for development effectiveness in which performance information is used to improve decision making, providing practical tools for strategic planning, budgeting, monitoring and outcome evaluation” said Mkondiwa
According to Mkondiwa MfDR initiative, was established with assistance from African Development Bank (ADB) with its focal point located in the Office of President and Cabinet(OPC).
Mkondiwa further stressed that the AfCoP is coming at a crucial time when Malawi is currently reforming its Civil service and state owned companies and preparing the Malawi Growth Development Strategy (MGDS) phase 3.
In her remarks AfCoP facilitator Judie Ladel said the AfCoP will help government to achieve practical results in development programs for Malawi, which will be linked with the MGDS phase 3.
In readiness for the AfCoP launch Malawi conducted an assessment focusing on six pillars namely: leadership for results, planning for results, result based budgeting, institutional capacity to deliver goods and services, information systems, statistical capacity and monitoring and evaluation, accountability and partnerships.
According to National coach of MfDR James Chima the assessment which was done in 2013 gives a reflection of what Malawi has done as a country although positive strides have taken place in regard to the assessment results.
The launch of AfCoP will be followed by a two day validation workshop on country assessment results and one day high level workshop.