Malawi Economic Justice Network (MEJN)

Core Values
MEJN’s Key Work
Malawi Economic Justice Network (MEJN) is a coalition of civil society organizations, trade unions, faith-based organizations, community based organization and professional associations, among others committed to championing participatory economic governance for poverty reduction in Malawi. Its theory of change centres on empowerment of ordinary citizens to enable them participate fully and effectively in public policy processes and demand performance accountability and transparency from duty bearers in addition to building linkages and synergies among duty bearers, rights holders and the non-state actors. The network started as a movement in the year 2000 when Malawi was applying for debt cancelation under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) initiative. The network was registered under the Registrar of Companies Act registration certificate number 6130 dated 8th January 2002. MEJN has its secretariat in Lilongwe and coordinates its work through MEJN Chapters in 27 districts across Malawi which help in championing the coordination of pro-poor economic governance activities at sub national level. MEJN has a Board of Directors which gives policy guidance, oversight and strategic direction to MEJN Secretariat.
MEJN envisions a society where citizens are treated justly and living a dignified life.
MEJN shall promote good economic governance for the betterment of Malawians.
• Transparency and Accountability
• Empathy
• Integrity
• People Power
Economic Literacy and Budget Accountability for Governance (ELBAG): MEJN conducts ELBAG to empower citizens to understand key economic terminologies and processes.
Budget Participation Initiative (BPI) and advocacy: Through this initiative, MEJN aims at building the capacity of civil society to effectively contribute to the budget and its processes. The goal is to enhance dialogue on the budget among CSOs, parliament and the executive arm of government.
Policy research, analysis and advocacy: MEJN conducts policy research, analysis and monitoring of key strategic policies and documents to ensure that government and donor policies focus on the majority poor and that citizens get value for money in all government and donor activities.
Tax and Trade Justice: MEJN also advocates for tax and trade justice through tax and trade policy research, analysis and campaigns
Collaboration and networking: MEJN has also registered significant success in establishing a resilient, tried and tested CSOs’ network both with local and international institutions, by among others being a part of a number of important foras, especially on issues of participatory economic governance, economic literacy, public debt, poverty reduction, and local governance.
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