FACES OF OPEN GOVERNMENT; REINFORD MWANGONDE

FACES OF OPEN GOVERNMENT; REINFORD MWANGONDE

Citizens For Justice Executive Director; Reinford Mwangonde recently gave an interview to the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Blog. OGP was launched in 2011 to provide an international platform for domestic reformers committed to making their governments more open, accountable, and responsive to citizens. Since then, OGP has grown from 8 countries to 69 participating countries. In all of these countries, government and civil society are working together to develop and implement ambitious open government reforms. In Malawi, the Office of The President and Cabinet (OPC) champions OGP with Citizens for Justice leading with Civil Society coordination.

This interview was originally published by the Open Government Partnership on 25th February, 2016 ( http://www.opengovpartnership.org/blog/open-government-partnership/2016/02/25/faces-open-government-reinford-mwangonde )

Malawi’s 2nd Annual Mining Indaba; Making Laws Work For The People

“We were surprised when the white people came to our community. We asked our chiefs what was going on but they said we should just look on and see where it leads. The white people later started measuring our farm land and digging ditches in our farms. My son’s farm has four ditches as I speak. When I what was going on I was told that it was not in my place to question government orders. We only came into the light about mining and their operations when Action Aid came and established Action circles.” Selina Likovo from Phalombe describing her experiences (This speech was in Chichewa and has been translated for reporting purposes)