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Malawi Knowledge Network for Research and Development

  • Project Name:
    Malawi Knowledge Network for Research and Development
    Institution :
    Malawi Polytechnic
    • Core Competence:
      Economic Policy Analysis and Management
    Project Region :
    Eastern & Southern Africa
    Country :
    Status :
    Grant Number :
    Grant Amount (USD):
    300 000
    Commitment Date:
    Closing Date:

    The Malawi Knowledge Network for Research and Development (MAKNET) was hosted by Malawi Polytechnic, which has a long experience in generation and dissemination of socio-economic information, training and networking with private and public institutions.MAKNET mobilized policy makers, policy analysts, professional associations, the private sector, and civil society organizations to institutionalize the practice of consultations of experts in supporting policy processes such as budget formulation, parliamentary debates and proceedings of the National Economic and Social Council. MAKNET promoted the sharing of best practices across professional associations. 

    Project Description:

    The goal of the project was to cultivate a culture of wide consultation through broadening access to and utilization of information in the formulation and implementation of development policies and programmes through a knowledge network. The more specific objectives were:

    • to mobilize policy experts, academics, professional associations/institutions, public and private sector, civil societies, policy activists and advocates to share and debate developmental issues;
    • to provide a knowledge base for development policies through the establishment of a website and database of experts in Malawi, region and the world;
    • to provide a platform for debate in the formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development policies and programmes; and,
    • to promote utilization of knowledge for development through knowledge dissemination and advocacy.
Thomas Kwesi Quartey

ACBF has been granted the status of a specialized agency because of the potential to transform Africa through capacity development.

H.E. Thomas Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson, AU Commission
Erastus Mwencha

The recognition of ACBF as the African Union’s Specialized Agency for Capacity Development launches the beginning of a new era for capacity building by ACBF, which will require an appropriate level of political commitment and financial support from all stakeholders.

H.E. Erastus Mwencha, Chair, ACBF Executive Board
Lamin Momodou

The remarkable achievements ACBF has registered over the past 26 years is not by accident in our opinion. They have come through hard work, dedication, commitment, purposeful leadership, support from the member countries as well as productive partnership building.

Mr. Lamin Momodou MANNEH, Director, UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa
Goodall Gondwe

Africa needs ACBF as much, probably more now, than at the time it was created in 1991.

Hon. Goodall Gondwe, former Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance – Malawi
Ken Ofori Atta

Ghana’s partnership with ACBF is a tremendous blessing for us and therefore the opportunity for Ghana to host the 26th ACBF Board of Governors Meeting is something that we treasure.

Hon Ken Ofori Atta, Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance - Ghana