Malawi validates national Alliance 8.7 strategic roadmap

Malawi achieved a significant milestone by successfully validating the National Alliance 8.7 Strategic Roadmap on an event organized with the support of the ILO as part of the ACCEL Africa Project.

Article | Lilongwe, Malawi | 28 September 2023
Lilongwe, Malawi - On September 28, 2023, Malawi achieved a significant milestone by successfully validating the National Alliance 8.7 Strategic Roadmap on an event organized with the support of the ILO as part of the ACCEL Africa Project. The official validation meeting took place at the BICC in Lilongwe, Malawi, and was inaugurated by the Principal Secretary for Labour.

The Alliance 8.7 is a global partnership dedicated to fostering multi-stakeholder collaboration, with the primary objective of supporting governments in attaining SDG target 8.7, which calls for “immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms”. An impressive coalition of 231 organizations, spanning government institutions, workers' organizations, employers' organizations, civil society groups, and UN specialized agencies, funds, and programs, among others, form the backbone of Alliance 8.7's partners.

Malawi made a formal commitment to become an Alliance 8.7 Pathfinder country, a status it obtained in March 2020 through a voluntary request. This strategic Roadmap situates Malawi among the group of pathfinder countries that have pledged to accelerate their efforts towards eliminating child labour, forced labour, modern slavery, and human trafficking.

The Alliance 8.7 Roadmap for Malawi offers a comprehensive framework for action, encompassing priorities and interventions essential for achieving SDG Target 8.7. It delineates strategic outcomes, specifies timelines, establishes annual benchmarks and indicators to gauge progress, clearly defines roles and responsibilities, and identifies necessary resources, as well as any resource gaps. The roadmap aligns seamlessly with Malawi's Pathfinder Country status. Notably, the Malawi National Alliance 8.7 Strategic Roadmap focuses on the following priority areas:
  • Institutionalizing legal and policy frameworks
  • Strengthening and enhancing the enforcement of policy and legal frameworks
  • Capacity building, improvement, and strengthening
  • Scaling up successful practices and identifying effective programs and interventions
  • Enhancing access to quality education
  • Social protection and economic empowerment
  • Advocacy and awareness-raising initiatives
  • Coordination among stakeholders
  • Data collection, monitoring, and evaluation
This validation marks the culmination of extensive efforts dating back to 2022, when the roadmap was initially developed. It was preceded by a national strategic consultation workshop held on September 28-29, 2022, with the support of the ILO. The National Roadmap's scope encompasses the period from 2023 to 2030 for child labour and extends to 2030 for all forms of forced labour. The roadmap emerged from a collaborative preparatory process involving key stakeholders, including the Government of Malawi, UN Agencies, Employers, Workers' Associations and Cooperatives, Civil Society Organizations, and Academia, among others.

The roadmap's development drew upon several key foundational documents, serving as baselines for action:
  • National Action Plan on child labour (NAP-CL) 2020-2025
  • National Plan of Action against trafficking in persons (NAP-TIP) 2017-2022
  • National Strategy on Ending Child Marriage (NS-ECM) 2018-2023
The validated roadmap now stands as a guidance document for Malawi's concerted efforts to eradicate child labour, forced labour, modern slavery, and human trafficking, aligning closely with the principles and objectives of Alliance 8.7. Yet, the journey towards eradicating child labour, forced labour, modern slavery, and human trafficking demands collective action, shared expertise, and unwavering commitment. For this reason, we extend an open invitation to all stakeholders, both locally and internationally, to join hands with Malawi in the implementation of the National Alliance 8.7 Strategic Roadmap.