MwAPATA Institute signs Memorandum of Understanding with National Planning Commission

On September 17, 2020, MwAPATA Institute officially ratified a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the National Planning Commission (NPC). The signing ceremony was held at NPC offices in Lilongwe. The MoU provides a framework for long term collaboration between the MwAPATA Institute and the National Planning Commission in outreach and research that will inform the ongoing visioning process for the country and contribute to progress towards realizing the Transformation 2063. Speaking at the event Mr. Chadza said, “the MoU formalizes the partnership between the two institutions and strengthens 

the MwAPATA Institute’s legitimacy as a local think tank in Malawi.” In his remarks the Director General for NPC Dr. Thomas Munthali highlighted some of the key research that MwAPATA has already done in contribution to the current Transformation 2063 visioning process as significant milestones. Dr Munthali highlighted studies like Unlocking implementation challenges: Lessons from the Agriculture sector, among others. Dr Munthali committed NPC’s support to the work of MwAPATA to ensure the Institute is sustainable for years to come. MwAPATA is currently funded by the Agriculture Transformation Initiative (ATI) through Michigan State University (MSU).

Acting Executive Director for MwAPATA Institute, Mr. William Chadza and Director General for National Planning Commission, Dr Thomas Munthali  holding the MoU document