Non-governmental organisations in the country have faulted government for its lack of commitment to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Council for Non-governmental Organisation in Malawi (CONGOMA) says the implementation of the SDGs would have been noticeable now considering that the United Nations (UN) goals were adopted last year.
CONGOMA programs Officer Simekinala Kaluzi said the organisations are not satisfied with what government has done to implement the goals.
“Since the adoption of the SDGs last year we have not seen much on the side of government as we know that government once produced a report indicating that one of the ways to sustainably implement the SDGs is to involve city councils as well as district councils but till now we have not seen any development,” said Kaluzi.
He added that it is almost a year since the goals were adopted but government is not coming in to empower city councils and district councils so that they should start implementing projects with the aim of achieving the SDGs.
According to Kaluzi, government should have not burdened one ministry or sector to implement the SDGs but it needs to also involve other ministries for the work to be a little bit easier.
The SDGs are a plan of action for ending poverty and were adopted at the United Nations General Assembly in 2015.
The set of goals include ending poverty, providing affordable and clean energy for all, and achieving zero hunger. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved by 2030.