Malawi is among the few countries in Sub-Saharan Africa that has witnessed significant improvements in relation to meeting the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets. It exhibits some of the main challenges facing African democracies while they attempt to consolidate the benefits of democratisation.
This book critically analyses opportunities and constraints related to the impact of democracy on development in one of the world’s poorest countries. The contributors to this volume include some of the most influential voices on democracy and development in Malawi, including academics, practitioners, media commentators and activists.
It explores how, and to what extent, processes related to democratic and economic governance can be strengthened in order to make political and administrative authorities more responsive to the development needs of Africa. It also considers: characteristics of successful implementation of public policy and the effective and timely delivery of basic services in local contexts; increased citizen participation and dialogue with local government authorities; factors that enable civil society organisations and trade unions to hold political and administrative officials to account for failing to provide efficient delivery of public services; better utilisation of academic research for improved evidence-based policy formulation and implementation.
This much-needed volume provides an important basis for comparing democratic experiments in other African countries. It will be of great interest to scholars and students in development studies, African studies, politics, law and anthropology, and as a guide to policy for decision-makers. The book will also appeal to those interested in democracy, governance, human rights, state action and the implementation of anti-poverty programmes, development administration and decentralisation.
Professor Dan Banik is Research Director at the Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo, Norway, Adjunct Professor at China Agricultural University (Beijing) and Consulting Scholar at Stanford University, USA.
Professor Blessings Chinsinga is Deputy Director of the Centre for Social Research and Professor at the Department of Political and Administrative Studies at Chancellor College, University of Malawi. He is one of foremost political thinkers in Malawi and a popular media commentator.