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Malawi Tilitonse Fund

Country

Dates/Timescale

October 2011 to September 2015

Value

14 million

Client

Department for International Development (DFID)

Expertise

Over 300 months of expertise in: programme management, fund management, grant management and implementation - advice and training, political economy, coalition building, monitoring, capacity-building support

Project Background

Malawi is a largely rural country and, despite impressive recent progress, poverty rates and basic service delivery remain a challenge. 16 years since multi-party democracy replaced 30 years of single party rule, many people are still unused to holding Government to account for services they provide, how they manage public money, or protection of basic rights. This leaves communities, especially the poor, lacking the ability to address the problems that reduce their quality of life and their vulnerability to the impact of corruption.

DFID, on behalf of its partners (European Union, Irish Aid and Royal Norwegian Embassy), has appointed HTSPE as the Service Provider to manage a multi-donor fund to support governance work conducted by Malawian civil society – the Malawi Tilitonse Fund. The objective of the programme is to establish and manage a grant-making facility for Malawian-based CSOs supporting projects that contribute towards the goal of increasingly accountable, inclusive and responsive governance in Malawi.  The value of the fund is approximately £12million.

Tilitonse is in line with the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy and is working with other key partners in the Government’s Democratic Governance Sector Working Group towards implementing the sector policy.  As such, the programme is firmly contextualised and responsive to changing realities in Malawi.

The programme has four outputs:

  • Capability of CSOs to enable citizens, particularly poor and excluded groups, to claim their rights increased;
  • Access to information on rights, entitlements and responsibilities improved, particularly for poor and excluded citizens;
  • Monitoring by Malawian organisations of policy and budget commitments, service delivery and public resource management strengthened;
  • The engagement of Malawian organisations in influencing policies, strategies and resource allocations at local and national levels improved.

The approach that Tilitonse advocates is one of collaboration and coalition building, not confrontation.  Analysis suggests that bringing groups in society together to advocate for and create positive change, including government, the private sector, faith groups, the media and others, can create increased responsiveness in duty bearers and power holders in and outside government and lead to greater social inclusion, increased accountability and the improved delivery of basic services.

HTSPE Services

HTSPE is implementing the Tilitonse programme with our consortium partners – Bureau for Institutional Reform and Democracy (BiRD), Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) Lilongwe, Matrix Development Consultants, and O&M Associates.  The work covers three main areas:

  • Establishment and management of a Grant-making facility for CSOs, enabling them to undertake projects to achieve results in the  defined output areas;
  • Provision of technical advice and capacity-building support to CSOs to improve their ability to manage grants and achieve results;
  • Undertake research and analysis to identify strategic opportunities for interventions and, where necessary, facilitate coalition-building and provide small non-standard support grants.
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