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the meeting, urging all participants to continue collaboration and networking for the benefit of elderly Malawians. The meeting concluded with a prayer said by Rev. Dr. Silas S. Ncozana , Member of the Bingu Silvergrey Foundation Board.
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15 4. RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE MEETING In the light of the presentations and discussions at the meeting, the following recommendations are proposed for further action to the Government of Malawi, the public and the private sectors, civil society organizations, academic institutions and other development partners: The Government of Malawi, the public and private sectors, the civil society 1. organizations (CSOs) and other relevant partners should work together to create a conducive environment that promotes greater awareness on ageing issues and encourages, as well as enables, older people to continue making contributions to the country’s social, economic and ecological development. The Government of Malawi, the public and private sectors and the CSOs need 2. to incorporate and mainstream population ageing issues into the development process and earmark resources. The Government of Malawi should respond, in a proactive manner, to the 3. Livingstone Call for Action on Social Protection and Cash Transfers. In view of the policies under preparation on ageing and social protection, the 4. Government of Malawi needs to strengthen technical and human capacity of those to be involved in the implementation of these policies. Furthermore, institutional mechanisms for policy implementation should be strengthened and adequate resources should be allocated in the national budget. Development partners (UN agencies, the private sector, and CSOs) should support the Government in this regard fi nancially as well as technically. The Government of Malawi should consider the provision of non-contributory 5. pensions as a significant component of income and social security in old age. The Government of Malawi, depending on the fi ndings of the existing pilot cash 6. transfer project, should consider expanding the project to cover the whole country on an evidence based needs assessment basis and not on parliamentary vote. Development partners should provide the necessary fi nancial and technical support to such a national social assistance scheme. Researchers and members of the academia should conduct policy-relevant 7. research in order to respond to the needs of the ageing population. Development partners need to continue supporting Malawi in its efforts to 8. address the plight of vulnerable groups, including the ageing population.
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POPULATION AGEING IN MALAWI:UNDERSTANDING CHALLENGES, RESPONDING TO OPPORTUNITIES 16 Given that support from development partners is fi nite, the Government of 9. Malawi has to ensure sustainability of programmes and projects initially supported by development partners before inception.
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