It was indeed ActionAid Malawi’s renew of commitment to the people of Malawi. The five year strategic plan for AAM was launched in a colorful event on the 30th August 2012.
The event drew together people from different groups, from Government officials, Development Partners, Journalists, Civil Society representatives and most importantly the women, children and men that AAM works with in the communities.
Gracing the occasion was the Chief Executive of ActionAid International, Joanna Kerr who in her remarks urged women and the Civil Society to pursue women’s rights agenda to ensure an end to gender based violence in the country.
Speaking at the launch, the Guest of Honor, Peter Nsefula, Director at the Ministry of Women, Child and Social Welfare pledged Government’s support to ensure that AAM fulfills its promises in the Strategy Paper.
“Government is committed in its work to ensure that we work together with all development partners in order to end poverty in Malawi”, said Mr Nsefula.
The new Country Strategy’s paper for Malawi which is entitled “people action to a Poverty-Free Malawi” will focus on women’s rights work, right to education, demand for accountability on social services and enhancing resilience of the poor in the face of hazards.
The event also marked the celebrations for AAM’s change of membership from an Associate to an affiliate Programme.
In a truly Malawian tradition and spirit, all members of AAM staff danced and ululated as an affiliation certificate was presented by Joanna Kerr to the Board Chairperson of AAM.