The second results of the 2016 Local Governance and Performance Index (LGPI) were released on 17th November 2016 at Malawi Sun Hotel in Blantyre. The study was a collaborative project between the Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD) of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, the Christian Michelsen Institute (Bergen, Norway) and Malawi’s Institute of Public Opinion and Research (IPOR).
Following on the heels of the first dissemination event that was held on 27th October 2016 in Lilongwe and focused on land and livelihoods issues, the second dissemination which focused on education and health highlighted general health and education issues based on the experiences of ordinary Malawians. Health issues that were presented included challenges encountered with health systems, access to health care and perceptions of the quality of health services. The findings on education highlighted issues that included completion and school attendance, factors that influence school attendance and absenteeism, education attainment by region and district, quality of education infrastructure, and access to computer technology in Malawian schools.
The LGPI Study was implemented between March and April 2016 in 15 of the country’s 28 districts. The study involved interviews with more than 8,000 Malawians. It was implemented by IPOR with funding and support from the Research Council of Norway and the Swedish Research Council.
The team of presenters comprised Dr. Boniface Dulani, IPOR and University of Malawi; Dr. Happy Kayuni, Associate Professor in the Department of Political and Administrative Studies, University of Malawi; and Dr. Adam Harris, Postgraduate Research Fellow at the Program on Governance and Local Development, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
A report of the study findings on education is available at http://gld.gu.se/media/1171/education-report-malawi.pdf while the one on health is available at http://gld.gu.se/media/1170/health-report-malawi.pdf