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Social and Gender Integration

The Millennium Challenge Account-Malawi (MCA-Malawi) will integrate social and gender  components in all project activities.  The program is putting in deliberate efforts to support implementing partners (ESCOM and MERA) to institutionalise social and gender integration into their programs.
MCA-Malawi’s Social and Gender Assessment Director, Olivia Liwewe says  MCC recognises that Gender inequality is a constraint to economic growth and “we want to maximise the social benefits of the Power Sector Revitalisation Program and ensure that women and the vulnerable participate and benefit from the compact and beyond which is essential to the overall goal for poverty reduction and economic growth in Malawi.”

 

Under consideration among the activities are the reviewing of the energy policy in line with gender issues,  supporting the resettlement policy and seeking to promote women’s employment in the construction industry.

Speaking during a  briefing session with MCA-Malawi Management team during his visit in the country in April and May 2013, MCC Deputy Vice President for Compact implementation, Andrew Mayock  said, gender and social integration is at the core of the MCC model.

“I am looking forward to MCA-Malawi’s work in that area and how they design this component in order to maximise the compact’s impact within the area of gender and the broader social area”, said Mayock.

In addition to the integration of gender and social activities in the implementation of the project, there is also a specific budget of US $$2 million that is dedicated to gender activities.

The integration of gender and social activities in the Compact is in line with MCC’s  core principle of  country ownership.

“It is up to the country to select investments and choose how to manifest and execute the gender and social integration of the gender piece  of the program,’’ said Mayock.

The Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi ESCOM, is a major project  partner  in the implementation of the Millennium Challenge Compact program and is being engaged in the development of the gender and social activities.

Speaking during an induction workshop organized for the Board of ESCOM, one of the board members Dr. Kayambazinthu says it is time ESCOM begins to isolate gender issues in line with training, recruitment  and promotion of its staff.

“We need to look at who we can recruit in terms of women to fill the positions in ESCOM because I already know that most of the positions at directorship is mainly men, so we need to look at issues holistically,’’ said Kayambazinthu.

Kayambazinthu  adds that ESCOM is also moving towards ensuring that girls who are being trained at the University of Malawi’s  Polytechnic college are attached to the Corporation, for training and grooming so that they are encouraged to join the organization after completing their studies.

‘’We have to look into the future after the compact.  People should not look at the technical area or field as if it was for men because women can do it as well. Lets capacitate women and encourage them to go into the filed,’’ she said.

Download the Millenium Challenge Plan 2015