Acting Executive Director of Malawi Economic Justice Network Director (MEJN), June Kambalametore has called for adequate resources to sectors and programmes that support children for them to live dignified lives.
Kambalametore was speaking in Mchinji Wednesday when she opened a workshop for the civil society, council officials and Development Committee (ADC) members on child responsive budgeting workshop.
She said a budget formulated at national or local level should take into account needs and interests of children in areas of health, nutrition, education and protection.
Fifty per cent of the Malawi population consists of children, therefore, there is need for the children to get a fair share of available resources which should be distributed equitably and utilized efficiently and effectively, she said.
Kambalametore said failure by government to allocate adequate resources to children affects their well-being, especially from the poor households.
She said MEJN, with support from UNICEF decided to call all stakeholders involved in budgeting at local level to train them on how to formulate the budget that can be child-responsive.
In her remarks, UNICEF Malawi Chief Social Policy Officer, Beatrice Targa said funding for child protection is minimal to cover the sector and UNICEF is proposing an increase in the budget allocation.
She said as a development partner, UNICEF was working with government and exploring ways on how resources in child protection programmes can effectively help them (the children).
Child protection is crucial when it comes to building human capital, and investing in our children means we will have more human capital and workforce as we move the country forward, she said.
She said according to a report by UNICEF, 61 per cent of children in Malawi are considered marginally poor, hence the need to improve their lives, especially in rural setting.
Source: MANA Online