Tuesday, December 18, 2007

ON FIFA WORLD PLAYER

Considering the importance of goalkeapers and deffenders, I would argue that
I would argue that they are also considered. It is a tradition that strikers win this award. This might be because that they score winning goals for their teams. Yet we know that there have appeared keepers who have been superb between those two post. One of such keepers are Lehmahn of Arsenal. He was superb in the past World Cup. He assisted his team to the finalist. He also assited arsenal the 2006 season. The former Columbia keeper known for his acrobatic is also great.

This would be incomplete if I don’t mention my keeper, Cech. He has been marvellous. He deserves that award.

Similarly, defenders need also to be considered. We should not just see how many goals a player has. But his overall performance. This is my plea to those who are given the honour to vote.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

THE PRACTICALITY OF OVERARCHING DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES IN ADDRESSING DEVELOPMENT CHALLENGES: CRITICAL LESSONS FROM PAST EXPERIENCES...

THE PRACTICALITY OF OVERARCHING DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES IN ADDRESSING DEVELOPMENT CHALLENGES: CRITICAL LESSONS FROM PAST EXPERIENCES AND THE CASE OF THE MALAWI GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY (MGDS

By Wongani Mugaba and Pearson Nkhoma

ABSTRACT

Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world despite many development strategies having been championed ever since colonial times either by the government or by other numerous development partners. Efforts to formulate policies and programmes with the aim of combating gravitating development challenges like poverty, illiteracy and unfair trade among others, have been made and keep mushrooming. However, with all these efforts, the economic and poverty status of Malawi persists in the doldrums. Malawi now ranks among the 10 most impoverished countries worldwide.

Currently, the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS), coming from an era of implementing the Malawi Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper(MPRSP), is one of such mainstream policies which the current government has put in place to address the country’s development challenges. The policy aims at guiding governmental undertakings while other stakeholders are expected to compliment their efforts by aligning and harmonizing their programmes and activities inline with the priorities the MGDS sets out. However, with these past experiences, can the MGDS defy the odds and register excellent positive results?

It is in this line of thought that it is instructive to assess the MGDS in context of previous efforts to gauge whether it will make any sustainable difference or not. Apart from the fact that overall policies are too general and have rarely been implemented to the brim to match their stipulated period, such policies face a critical defect as they are not legally binding that development agencies and even government have ended up ignoring them. The paper will therefore also appraise some factors which made past strategies fail to yield sustainable results. The paper will also outline prospective challenges for the MGDS. The assessment will mainly rely on literature reviews but we will also conduct some field interviews with some key stakeholders regarding the status and practicality of the MGDS in addressing the development challenges which past strategies have failed to eradicate.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Academic Background

All the authors are Third Year students at Chancellor College pursuing Bachelor of Arts (Media for Development Communication) studies. Their focus of study include; Development, media and journalism, human rights, advocacy and communication for Development.

Research Background
The authors are upcoming researchers who presented a paper at the “2007 National Language Symposium” by the University of Malawi’s Centre of Language Studies titled, The Role of Local Languages in Achieving Socio-Economic Development: A Critical Analysis on how Usage of Local Languages in Development Strategies and Development Fora can Accelerate Development and Attainment of the MDG’S in Malawi?

They are also freelance writers for National print media, the Sunday Times and Malawi News and have published articles in areas to do with national development.

TRACKING THE MDGs IN MALAWI: A CRITICAL ASSESSMENT ON WHETHER MALAWI IS ON TRACK TO ACHIEVE THE MDGS BY 2015?

By Pearson Nkhoma , Wongani Mugaba and Eunice Shame

ABSTRACT

Malawi seems to have come full circle to a position of development from time immemorial. The country has so far adopted many development policies and plans since colonial era with an attempt to address different dimensions of development challenges. One such development strategies are the International Development Goals, set up in 1996, which Malawi, together with 188 other countries adopted in September 2000 at the UN Millennium Summit as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with a target of halving most development challenges like extreme poverty by 2015. The MDGs comprise of 8 goals, 18 targets and 48 indicators and are time bound for making real progress by 2015.

However, we are now almost half way through and there have been many outcries if the country is on track or not. It is in this light that this paper attempts to assess, review and evaluate the performance of the country towards achieving the MDGs by 2015. It summarizes the progress of the country with an aim of providing a clearer understanding of the constraints Malawi is facing on attaining the goals. The paper will also attempt to appraise if the quest and attainment of the MDGs by 2015 will eradicate all development challenges.

Key Words: MDGs, MPRSP, Economic Development, Sustainable Development, and Participation


About the Authors:

All the authors are Third Year students at Chancellor College pursuing Bachelor of Arts (Media for Development Communication) studies. Their focus of study include; Development, media and journalism, human right, advocacy and communication for Development. They are also freelance writers for National media houses like Sunday Times and Malawi News.


Note: This paper has been written by three paper. It is not my article alone.