Sectoral policies undergo review for MW2063 alignment assessment

Representatives of various government ministries, departments and agencies on Tuesday, June 8 and Wednesday June 9, 2021 met in Lilongwe to review various sectoral policies to assess their alignment to the Malawi 2063 (MW2063) new national vision.

The meeting, titled ‘Working Session to Assess Alignment of Sectoral Policies to MW2063, Present and Test-Drive Foresight and Horizontal Scanning Methodologies’ was organized by the National Planning Commission (NPC) and the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development through their joint Foresight and Anticipatory Governance Project funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Speaking at the official opening ceremony on Tuesday, NPC Director of Knowledge and Learning Dr. Joseph Nagoli said participants will assess alignment of existing policies to the MW2063 in order to ensure that there are corresponding policies for each aspiration in the new vision.

Fig 1: Dr. Joseph Nagoli - Director of Knowledge & Learning (NPC)
Dr. Joseph Nagoli – NPC Director of Knowledge & Learning

“We have policies that operationalized vision 2020, some of which outlive the vision itself, with their periodicity extend beyond 2020. The Malawi 2063 brings in the need to have all policies align to the aspirations and medium development plans that would lead to the attainment of our vision aspirations,” said Nagoli.

He said during the session, participants will also try to understand what methods are there to support the review of the policies.

“We will go on a test-drive of these methods, to check if they are fit for our policy and programmatic pathway to development,” he said.

Photo 2: Claire Medina - UNDP Deputy Resident Representative
Claire Medina – UNDP Deputy Resident Representative

On her part, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, Claire Medina, said the workshop will also equip the Ministries, Departments and Agencies with policy analytical skills using innovative tools to align existing policies to the future Malawians want as outlined in the MW2063.

She described the exercise is important because, among other things, it provides officials with an opportunity to identify the kind of policies that will be required for the implementation and achievement of the MW2063.

“We are supporting this important workshop so that at the end of our support, various officials in Government will have the foresight expertise that will ultimately build capability of policymakers on anticipatory governance,” she said.

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