Malawi Sustainable Development Goals Acceleration Fund (SDG-AF) has approved programmes and allocated additional three billion MK to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
The government of Malawi, development partners, and the United Nations (UN) set up the SDG-AF in 2019 to accelerate progress towards national attainment of the SDGs.
Development Diaries gathered that the SDG-AF’s steering committee, co-chaired by the Secretary to Treasury, Chauncy Simwaka, and the UN Resident Coordinator, Maria Jose Torres, endorsed three joint programmes that address the core of national priorities.
The programmes, according to a statement from the United Nations, are designed to address girls’ education problem, build resilient livelihoods for poor and vulnerable citizens, and improve access to basic health care.
With regard to barriers to girls’ education in Malawi, the country has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world, with approximately 42 percent of girls married before the age of 18, and nine percent below the age of 15, according to data from UNICEF.
In addition, according to Age Africa, only six percent of girls graduate from high school each year, with only 2.9 percent going on to seek post-secondary education studies.
The statement said each of the three programmes is multisectoral and involves multiple government ministries and UN agencies.
The combined budget of the three joint programmes for the next four years is up to US$130 million (about MK101 billion).
‘These programmes are financially supported by the Fund, thanks to the contributions of its donors: United Kingdom, Norway, Canada, Flanders, Ireland, Romania and the UN’, the statement read.
Source: United Nations Malawi
Photo source: WFP/Badre Bahaji