Joint Malawi Cross-Party Group & Malawi All-Party Parliamentary Group
All were warmly invited to this hybrid event where topics which included:
- Malawi’s Current Food Insecurity Crisis impacting 4.2million people
- The Malawian Parliamentary Women’s Caucus
- Human Rights in Malawi
This was an inclusive, welcoming space in which Citizens and Parliamentarians developed and enhanced links between Scotland and Malawi and had an opportunity for learning, sharing, discussion and face-to-face interaction. We especially encouraged in-person attendance to meet our visiting Speakers and Parliamentarians. We were also delighted to co-host this event with Peers and MPs from Westminster’s Malawi All-Party Parliamentary Group.
- A representative of the Government of the Malawi on Food Insecurity
- Mrs. Roseby Gadama MP, Chair of the Malawi Parliamentary Women’s Caucus
- Mr. Viwemi Chavula, Malawi Human Rights Commissioner and Head of Centre for Civil Society Strengthening
- Ms. Chilufya Chileshe, Board Member of NGO Centre for Innovating Development, Zambia
This event’s in-person Speakers were the Guests of the SNP Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) to whom the CPG & APPG secretariat were grateful for this cross-party collaboration.
Hon Roseby Gadama
Roseby Gama Gadama is currently serving as an Independent Member of Parliament representing the Zomba Thondwe constituency in the southern region of Malawi.
Roseby is the Chairperson of Women MPs in Parliament. In this role, she collaborates with all members of Parliament, irrespective of their political affiliations, embodying the spirit of unity and cooperation. During her reign, she has spearheaded the launch of the 2023-2028 strategic plan for women's caucus in Parliament, the first of its kind.
Roseby took the lead in forming and registering her Foundation, Tsogolo Foundation, which is a non-profit making with no partnerships. The NGO dedicated to empowering women and children. The foundation focuses on Health, Education, Agriculture/rural livelihood, and climate change. Roseby is actively and passionately involved in initiatives to empower women and girls. Her commitment to this cause is unwavering, as demonstrated by her various projects and engagements.
Roseby also served as a Regional Librarian at the National Library Service and played a pivotal role in establishing Women Reading Clubs nationwide, emphasising the importance of literacy among women. She also formed women's clubs in baking, knitting, fabrication, and sewing, fostering community development.
Roseby holds a bachelor's degree in Library and Information Science and is a fully qualified teacher. She is pursuing a master's in Business Administration (MBA) with MANCOSA.
Viwemi Louis Chavula
Viwemi Louis Chavula, a Commissioner for the Malawi Human Rights Commission (2023-2026), is a former National Democratic Institute (NDI) deputy country director in Malawi. He has over 20 years of experience across the democratic governance spectrum: from promoting peaceful coexistence, women’s empowerment and participation in national, local and private sector processes to building responsiveness and accountability between elected officials, civil society organisations and constituents through Local Development Initiatives.
Before joining NDI, Mr. Chavula’s work primarily focused on developing and managing multidimensional Malawi government ministries through building departments’ capacities to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment. In 2014, he provided technical support in helping UN Women Malawi secure $2.7 million in funding (2014-2017) from the Royal Norwegian Embassy (RNE) on Gender Based Governance. His practical expertise includes resource mobilisation, international election observation, political party mentorship, amplifying local voices, especially rural women, process support for parliamentary women’s caucus and other governance committees of parliament, monitoring for results, developing strategic partnerships and translating research output into actionable innovative strategies for training, advocacy and strategic decisions.
A local governance specialist, Mr. Chavula holds a master's degree in development studies from the University of Free State (South Africa) and a bachelor's in education from Mzuzu University. He also has a postgraduate diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation from Stellenbosch University (South Africa).
Chilufya has vast experience in international development. She has held diverse roles in civil society leadership, working on a range of social policy and justice issues on which she has led: pro-poor policy influencing, research and advocacy, grant-making and monitoring and evaluation initiatives and was an avid analyst of Africa-China relations. She is the outgoing Board Chair of the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa that supports tolerant and open democratic practice. Chilufya supports artistic development, including support for a novel work-based learning model for young adults with intellectual disabilities. She is currently Chief of Staff at the SDG2 Advocacy Hub and Advisor to the Center for Innovating Development, based in Lusaka, Zambia.
Missed this meeting? You can find the recording on this page with the below time stamps
00:00 Welcome from Co-Convener Dr Alasdair Allan, MSP
05:55 Fyaupi Mwafongo, Deputy Director Response Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA), Republic of Malawi - Malawi’s Current Food Insecurity Crisis
19:11 Mr. Viwemi Chavula, Malawi Human Rights Commissioner and Head of Centre for Civil Society Strengthening - Human Rights in Malawi
27:09 Hon. Roseby Gadama MP, Chair of the Malawi Parliamentary Women’s Caucus
35:55 Ms. Chilufya Chileshe, Board Member of NGO Centre for Innovating Development, Zambia - Sustainable Development Goal 2 - to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture
43:52 Members’ comments, questions and contributions
1:01:00 Closing remarks - Co-Convener, Dr Alasdair Allan, MSP