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MISA Malawi Unveils 2023 Transparency Assessment: Mzuzu City Council Leads in Transparency

Mzuzu City

As part of the celebrations to mark International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI), MISA Malawi recognized Mzuzu City Council as the most open and transparent public institution and the Ministry of Agriculture as the most secretive for the year 2023.

Mzuzu City Council scooped the Golden Key Award for being the most open public institution and the Ministry of Agriculture the Golden Padlock Award for being secretive.

The 2023 MISA Malawi Transparency Report is part of MISA’s regional efforts to promote Access to Information and open and transparent governance in the region.

The research evaluates public institutions compliance with proactive disclosure obligations and willingness to respond to citizens’ requests for information as provided for under the Malawi Access to Information Act.

MISA Malawi launched the report at the Bingu International Convention Centre in Lilongwe earlier today.

MISA Malawi assessed 10 randomly selected public institutions between June and August 2023.

In the assessment, MISA Malawi determined the public organisations’ willingness to proactively disclose information online and their willingness to respond to ordinary citizens’ requests for information. This was done through website/social media platform analyses and citizens sending requests for information to the selected institutions.

MISA has been conducting the Transparency Assessment research since 2009.

MISA Malawi assessed the following public institutions: Mzuzu City Council; Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority; Malawi Electoral Commission; Ministry of Information and Digitalisation; Ministry of Health; Ministry of Education; Ministry of Local Government, Unity and Culture; Blantyre City Council; Lilongwe City Council and Ministry of Agriculture.

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