Since the end of Hasting Banda’s regime in 1994 Malawi has taken important strides towards deepening and consolidating democracy. This includes the introduction of a multi-party system and competitive elections. Political space has gradually opened up and civil society organizations are growing in numbers and potency. The electoral processes in the country are gaining more credibility and legitimacy with the peaceful management of the Presidential Elections in 2009.
The Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS) of 2006-2011 recognize that improving democratic governance is a foundation for poverty reduction and a sustainable development agenda. However, continued systemic constraints and challenges exist within democratic governance institutions.
This document gives a quick presentation of the UNDP-supported project "Malawi: M&E of Malawi’s Sector Wide Approach to Democratic Governance"