The programme aims to establish better linkages to national planning processes through greater involvement in the planning and monitoring of the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS) as well as sector reforms and the decentralization policy, and making meaningful contributions to policy analysis, dialogue and planning.
The social policy is in draft and is expected to be approved by Cabinet in 2008. Lessons from the pilot social cash transfer scheme show a positive impact on children's health, nutritional and educational status and in reducing child labour. The results are being used in the design of a national social protection programme.
UNICEF is supporting the dissemination of the 2006 national and district MICS reports. UNICEF has also supported the development of a National Monitoring and Evaluation Roadmap and is an active member of the UN Monitoring and Evaluation Group.
UNICEF continues to support national advocacy initiatives around child legislation, ACSD and the recosted Essential Health Package for increased investments in child health. As chair of the UN Communications Group, UNICEF has helped efforts aimed at popularising the MDGs and strengthening the capacity of the media to report on development issues.
UNICEF contributes to promotion of behaviour development and social change in the country. UNICEF has supported the finalisation a National Communication Strategy on ACSD and development of 10 district communication plans. Under this initiative, UNICEF has developed partnerships with mainstream and community radio stations and Malawi Television in order to support social change. UNICEF has also provided leadership in communication around the Avian Influenza and child participation through the Children's Parliament.
VIDEO: Cash transfer programme helps the poorest families in Malawi survive
7 September 2010 - UNICEF correspondent Kusalo Kubwalo reports on a cash transfer programme reaching out to impoverished families in Malawi.
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