Public Service Reform: Organization Performance Agreement Between Malawi Government and the Ministry of Sports and Culture (Part IV article 3): Restructuring The Department of Culture

Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

Splitting the Department of Culture into three Departments namely; Department of Arts, Department of Museums and Monuments and,
Department of National Records and Archives Services including review of the relevant legislation.

Devolution of some cultural functions to local councils

What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 

The three Departments formed after functional review of the cultural sector are now fully operational each with its own Director and technical staff. This has enhanced the speed at which cultural programmes are implemented as bottleneck in the decision making process have been reduced.

The Copyright Act 1989 was successfully reviewed in 2016 thereby encouraging creativity by among other imposing stiffer penalties on those violating copyright laws. Review of the other relevant laws such as the Censorship and Control of Public Entertainment Act 1968 and the Arts and Crafts Act 1990 is still underway.

The Government Department of Human Resource Management and Development approved the establishment of the post of 26 District Cultural Officers (after Ministry of Finance's approval for warrant of establishment). Engagement with relevant stakeholders including the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, National Local Government Finance Committee and development partners is still under way to ensure devolution of some of the cultural functions to the districts.

Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 


Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Ministry of Finance, Department of Human Resource Management and Development, Local Government Finance Committee, Royal Norwegian Embassy
Public Sector
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
Objetivo(s) de la Convención 2005 de la UNESCO
Cultural Domain(s)