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HISTORY

Malawi Economic Justice Network (MEJN) was established in the year 2000 after a meeting of 27 civil society organizations seeking to maximize their involvement in economic governance through networking and synergies. This happened following an evaluation of the jubilee 2000 Debt Cancellation Campaign (Malawi) which had been going on for three years. The formation of MEJN replaced the Jubilee 2000 movement which, linked to the international Jubilee movement.

MEJN was established to coordinate the involvement of civil society in Economic Governance. The first engagement was participation in the Malawi Poverty Reduction Strategy formulation. MEJN has established itself as a major civil society voice on issues of economic governance in Malawi, with emphasis on participatory economic governance. This is motivated by a need to ensure that government economic policies and strategies are developed through a participatory process and impact on reducing the poverty of Malawians.

Currently, MEJN strives to create partnerships that will ensure that Government policies and actions are of direct benefit to the poor, while also creating sustainability in the civil society policy engagement. MEJN’s membership includes NGOs, Community Based Organisations, Trade Unions, and representatives of the Media, the academia, just to mention a few.

The MEJN network now comprises over 100 members, currently in the process of being updated befitting the membership database under construction as part of the shared learning and documentation of the past 14 years of existence. It is still primarily operating more as a bridge between citizenry, civil society and government above all else.

MEJN has a full time Secretariat headed by an Executive Director to manage the day-to-day operations of the Network. The Secretariat is responsible for the implementation of all MEJN programmes and reports to a Board of Directors through the Executive Director.

It also has district chapter spread out all over the country.