With corruption being a song that has now been part of the day, three international organizations have organised a workshop to equip interested youth from Malawi and other countries with skills they can use to curb land related corruption in Africa.
According to the organisations, they organised the ChangermakerXchange workshop after noticing that one in every two people needing to access land-related services are affected by corruption on the African continent.
The rot could be in form of a bribe demanded by a housing official, a dodgy business deal that forces local communities off their land, or a fraud scheme by bogus property developers.
In Malawi, the problem of corruption has been seen with big roots growing among citizens with a recent case of a local lawyer being reported to have duped a client of K10 million in a plot sale in Lilongwe.
In an effort to bring sanity in land issues Ashoka, the International Anti-Corruption Conference, and Transparency International have teamed to hold the ChangermakerXchange.
The organisations believe that youth are affected by corruption since the vice can sap entrepreneurial spirit and restrict access to employment, forcing migration to overcrowded urban centres where competition for jobs is even greater.
According to a statement from the organisers, at the conference, youths are to be mentored by established social entrepreneurs and they will get time to develop their ideas during the conference.
“An international panel of judges will assess each idea to come out of the summit and the participants teams with the strongest collaboration-based submissions will get seed grants of between €1,500 and €2,000 to support the implementation of their new land-related anti-corruption project” reads the statement made available to Malawi24.
The ChangemakerXchange is a global collaboration platform for young social entrepreneurs. It will gather some of the world’s most exciting changemakers aged 18-28 at summits around the world for the exchange and co-creation of ideas.
Young people from Malawi who are interested to be part of the workshop are encouraged to apply using http://changemakerxchange.com/.