The NIMD programme in Malawi helps political parties enhance the electoral process and democratic procedures.
2012 is a transition year between the more general long term funding that NIMD was able to provide up to 2011 and the limited possibilities for Netherlands funding for the coming 4 years. NIMD will continue its core support to the Centre for Multiparty Democracy – Malawi (CMD-M) in 2012, but needs to focus its support on ensuring the sustainability of the programme after 2013. This will be done in coordination with CMD-M and its partners.
So far, the main focus areas for the interparty dialogue that have been identified are the preparations for the tripartite elections and the reform process on party regulations and funding. NIMD will also continue its support for the functioning of the platform, and work with CMD-M and other partners to ensure a sustainable basis for the platform beyond 2012.
NIMD will further continue its bilateral support aimed at strengthening the capacities of individual parties. Within the framework of the funding, the capacity building programmes for political parties will be focused more clearly on building parties’ policy capacity and the development of more policy-based party platforms. To ensure effective engagement, NIMD will work with CMD-M and the individual parties to identify the specific priority areas for support to the individual parties and harmonise this with cross-party capacity building programmes. NIMD has developed several instruments that can be tailored to the needs of individual parties to assist them in building their policy capacity.
• Democratic Peoples Party (DPP)
• Malawi Congress Party (MCP)
• United Democratic Front (UDF)
• Alliance for Democracy (Aford)
• Malawi Forum for Unity and Development (MAFUNDE)
• Malawi's People's Party (MPP)
• Working with the Centre for Multiparty Democracy Malawi (CMD-M), the NIMD programme in Malawi helped political parties to contribute to peaceful and fair elections in 2009. For the first time, political parties worked together with the Malawian Electoral Commission (MEC), enhancing the transparency and credibility of the MEC and the election process in general. CMD-M also promoted more content-based campaigning on the part of the parties and organised voter education.
• CMD-M has organised a series of meetings with the political parties and other electoral stakeholders, including the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), encouring them to achieve agreement on conflict prevention procedures.
• Regular interparty dialogue enhances possibilities for political parties to find common ground on issues of mutual interest, most notably on the organisation of the elections.
• Radio programmes and newspaper inserts that informed the public on political parties’ positions helped raise the public profile of political parties and CMD-M.
• Centre for Multi Party Democracy Malawi (CMD-M)
• Forum for Dialogue and Peace
• Royal Netherlands Embassy
• Ford Foundation, United States of America
• United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
• United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)
• Department for International Development (DFID), United Kingdom
• U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
• Heinrich Böhl Foundation, Germany
• National Democratic Institute (NDI), United States of America
• International Republican Institute (IRI), United States of America
• European Parliamentarians for Africa (AWEPA)