Parliamentary workshop Malawi mines and minerals bill review

The main goal of the training is to enhance parliament oversight capacity on extractive industries. It is expected that after this training, members of parliament would understand what is contained in the Bill and its potential impact on the development of Malawi.

SARW Date: 
Friday, May 8, 2015 - 07:00 to Sunday, May 10, 2015 - 23:00

Over £1 Million Given to Civil Society Organisations in Malawi for Community Engagement in Mining

In The Nation, Tilitonse, a grant-making facility for Malawian-based civil society organisations, released the list of organisations that have received funding in response to a Thematic Call for Project Proposals. Tilitonse, jointly funded by the UK Department for International Development, Royal Norwegian Embassy and Irish Aid, circulated a call for proposals, which we blogged about in April 2013, on mining, local governance and access to information.

The Timber Trade in Malawi

The Forestry Department in Malawi, which is responsible for all forestry matters, was established in 1942. There are two turning points in Malawi’s history, which have had a significant influence on the forestry sector. The first is 1964, when Malawi gained its independence from British colonial rule and was subsequently ruled under a single political party system.


Malawi and its Minerals

Malawi is not known historically to be well endowed with mineral wealth. Indeed, the late President for Life Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda used to rally the people to greater efforts by stating that although Malawi did not have gold, diamonds or copper, it had something just as valuable: fertile soil and plentiful water.Malawians were thus urged to work hard in the fields to grow more maize – their “green gold.” The lack of development in the mineral sector is therefore not strange in view of the general ignorance that existed, and continues to exist, in Malawi in this regard.

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