Government urges investment in frontline workers to strengthen social protection system – Malawi Nyasa Times

The Minister of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare, Patricia Kaliati, called for investing in the frontline workforce, stressing that this is essential to strengthen the country’s social protection system.

Speaking in Lilongwe at the graduation ceremony for the first 31 students to graduate from the Integrated Social Protection Program at Magomero Community Training College, Kaliati’s human resource development is an engine for social change.

Kaliati posing for a photo with the graduates

“With the right training, people will acquire the required knowledge and skills, and as such, they will be better equipped for active citizenship,” she said.

With the right skills in the workforce, she said, organizations become more efficient and effective.

She added that the government expects graduates of integrated social protection to adequately and sustainably support the implementation of social support program activities at community level.

Some social support activities carried out in the community include social cash transfers, village banks, micro-finance, school meals, roads, and the Affordable Inputs Program (AIP), among others.

Kaliati said the graduates, who are among the ministry’s frontline workers who have a direct and routine interface with communities, will link communities and government, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders.

They will also help create intra and inter-program graduation paths for beneficiaries of social protection.

Workers will foster the linkages between the three pillars of social protection of resilient livelihoods, consumer support and shock-sensitive social protection services, she said.

The Minister therefore advised and warned the new graduates that the importance of the occasion goes beyond the simple receipt of prestigious certificates but must professionalize their social protection work.

In her remarks, the Deputy Head of German Mission and Development Cooperation, Dr Sabine Lindermann, said her government sees social protection in Malawi as an important sector and an important investment to contribute to the growth strategy and Development Fund of Malawi (MGDS 111).

“Social protection is also a central element of the national implementation of Agenda 2030, as it is essential to provide social protection in a timely manner to effectively reduce poverty,” she said.

She said the Integrated Social Protection course is a way to fill gaps and human capacities in implementing social protection programs to improve timely delivery and reliable social protection services for households. poor and vulnerable in Malawi.

However, the German government through GIZ supported the first cohort of serving officers through scholarships.

He also donated 2 new 4-wheeled Toyota Land cruiser vehicles, 20 cell phone tablets, 10 desktops, an assortment of library books, 3 laptops, a printer and a rugged copier, color printer, projectors and other educational materials and equipment. .

GIZ also bought a solar system to be installed in Magomero to save energy.

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Joel C. Hicks