12 December 2017
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Sunday, 26 November 2017 19:49

LGAP drills media practitioners, CSOs on decentralization

Written by  Solister Mogha

BLANTYRE, November 26, 2017: Public Finance Management Specialist for Local Government Accountability and Performance Project (LGAP), Dennis Chikunkhuzeni has said the media has a greater role to play to fill the information gap on decentralization.

He made the remarks on Friday in Blantyre during a day long training workshop for media practitioners on decentralization.

The media practitioners included members of Civil Society Organizations, community radio managers and journalists drawn from Blantyre and Mulanje districts respectively.

“We want radio managers to consider issues of decentralization when planning their programmes. We believe through radio programmes, we can easily raise awareness on why it is important for the country to fully adopt decentralization system,” Chikunkhuzeni said.

He added that this awareness can capacitate communities to participate in development activities aimed at improving their living standards.

Chikunkhuzeni asked CSOs to work together with the media on the issues saying government alone could not manage to reach out to every corner of the country with the messages on decentralization.

Head of Programmes for Mzati Community Radio Station in Mulanje, Fungai Chiwaya described the training as an eye opener saying they had little knowledge about decentralization.

“This training has helped us a lot especially on how we can ably explain development issues to people and also how we can package our programmes to suit the audience,” he said.

LGAP aims at equipping Malawians with new knowledge and improve their understanding on decentralization among others.

The project is supported by United Stated Agency for International Development (USAID).

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