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Malawi to Celebrate NGOs, CSOs

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Various non-governmental and civil society organizations will be expected to showcase their contributions to national development while being recognized and awarded for their services, thanks to the “first of its kind” NGO Day in Malawi, scheduled for 14th December at Bingu International Convention Centre in Lilongwe.

The day, which will bring together scores of NGO and CSO players, is being organized by the NGO Regulatory Authority (NGORA) in partnership with Ministry of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare and Council for Non-Governmental Organizations in Malawi.

According to organizers, President Lazarus Chakwera will preside over the activities of the day, culminating into a colourful gala dinner at Kamuzu Palace.

Briefing NGO and CSO representatives at a breakfast interaction meeting on Tuesday in Lilongwe, NGORA Chief Executive Officer, Edward Chileka Banda, said the sector’s networks and players will be invited to mount their pavilions to, among others, promote necessary partnerships with government and amongst the NGOs themselves.

Banda said President Chakwera will present the awards to some deserving NGOs in order to highlight some best practices that would be used to further grow the sector.

“Government, NGOs and development partners will all be involved. The key message is that we can work together in the best interest of communities and groups of people needing help.

“As a first NGO Day, we look forward to it being a catalyst for greater partnerships, work and contributions for NGOs towards national development. The issue of partnerships and collaboration is critical towards achieving the Malawi 2063 vision.