Shaping the Recovery of Malawi, Helen Clark’s Visit

Jun 19, 2015

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark with the President of the Republic of Malawi, Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika at the PDNA report launch

Lilongwe - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, Ms. Helen Clark today wrapped up her three day mission to Malawi. During her mission, she spoke at the official launch of the Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) report on Thursday after which she proceeded to deliver a lecture on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at Malawi Parliament.

She also met with the President of the Republic of Malawi, Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika where they discussed critical reforms, inclusive growth, SDGs and national planning processes. After meeting the President, Ms. Clark attended a joint UNDP and the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID) Inclusive Growth Dinner where Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Hon. Goodall Gondwe, DfID Chief Economist Stefan Dercon, Head of DfID in Malawi Ms. Jen Marshall, UN Resident Coordinator Ms. Mia Seppo and other stakeholders discussed the vision for Malawi’s economic transformation.

Official Launch of the Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) Report

Helen Clark described the PDNA report as comprehensive in documenting recovery needs across different aspects such as reconstruction of homes, transport networks, irrigation systems, food security, agriculture, employment and livelihoods, and disaster risk reduction.

In January 2015, Malawi was affected by the worst floods in the country’s recent history, affecting more than 1.1 million people. It was against this backdrop that the Government of Malawi with support from the United Nations, the European Union, and the World Bank decided to conduct an assessment to determine the impact of the floods.

“Malawi should use the opportunity presented by the response to the flooding and guided by the findings in the PDNA to undertake important institutional and policy changes which will strengthen resilience,” she said. “Through new legislation, policy, regulation, and their enforcement, an enabling environment for resilient recovery and a safer Malawi can be created.”

Helen Clark emphasized the need to increase public understanding of the risk of future flooding, saying this is key with climate change threatening to increase both the severity and intensity of natural hazards such as floods. Mainstreaming disaster and climate risk assessment and appropriate action across all sectors must be an integral part of Malawi’s development strategy going forward.

Public Lecture on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

During the Public Lecture at Malawi Parliament, Ms. Clark mentioned a range of opportunities for Malawi to achieve the transformational change it seeks under the new development agenda.

“Promoting inclusive growth will be critical to the realisation of the SDGs in Malawi. Inclusive growth allows opportunities for everyone to participate in development and ensures that the benefits of growth are shared. Inclusive growth is needed to achieve a central tenet of the SDGs: ‘leaving no one behind’,” She said.

Helen Clark said other potential entry points for Malawi as it aims at achieving change includes economic diversification including in manufacturing and service sectors; building resilience at all levels; promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment; investing in human development; and creating productive employment for youth.

To read Ms. Helen Clark’s speech at the launch of the PDNA report, click here.

To read Ms. Helen Clark’s lecture on “The New Development Agenda and Malawi,” click here.

Other Engagements

Ms. Clark held press briefings with media and interacted with some key donors for Malawi. She also met with UNDP Malawi staff.

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