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LILONGWE (Malawi NewsNow) -The European Union (EU) has given €2.3 million to several local Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Malawi to strengthen their roles as actors in governance and accountability.

EU Head of Delegation to Malawi, Marchel Gerrmann said on Monday in the capital Lilongwe that the funds are expected to help the CSO’s in promoting accountability in governance structures in the country with particular focus on independent budget analysis, expenditure tracking and monitoring the implementation of policies and laws.

“Following up service delivery such as quality education and health care are crucial as the expectation is that this funding will result into citizen empowerment and increased participation in governance issues,”  he said.

He added that the funding comes at a time when the EU and Malawi are celebrating 40 years of bilateral relations this year.

This is time to reflect at EU achievements in the country and also look forward on how to assist in order to attain its development objectives, he said.

Some of the beneficiary organizations include Action Aid, Malawi Economic Justice Network (MEJN), Civil Society Agriculture Network (CISANET), Public Affairs Committee (PAC) and Federation of Disability in Malawi (FEDOMA) among others.