National action plan against human trafficking

NCA's work combating human trafficking in Malawai is recognized as a new national ation plan is launched.

Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security, Grace Chiuma, a close friend of NCA, launches the National Plan.
Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security, Grace Chiuma, a close friend of NCA, launches the National Plan.

NCA Malawi has been one of the main supporters of the development of the five year National Action Plan Against Human Trafficking, which was launched by the Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Tuesday, 29th August. 

Malawi has with this plan taken a leading role in the fight against trafficking, and the plan is quite progressive in its approach and priorities.

NCA has been facilitating the work of the Malawi Network Against Trafficking, which has been a major facilitator during the drafting of the plan. 

Esther Masika, NCA Malawi's Head of Programmes, has been appointed by the State President as a Commissioner to the National Coordination Committee, and has therefore been one of the responsible persons for moving the drafting process forward.

The plan has a Human Rights-centered approach, is gender responsive and has a victim and child-centered approach, ensures Stakeholder participation, Government ownership, and calls for Sustainability. 

Priorities of the plan are: 

  • prevention of trafficking;
  • support and protection of victims;
  • legal pursuance of trafficking offences;
  • partnership, coordination and sustainable financing; and
  • research monitoring and evaluation and reporting.

The Deputy Head of Mission for the Norwegian Embassy in Malawi, Bjarne Garden, congratulated the government with the plan and urged that it should not just become a document on the shelf, but one that leads to action. 

He at the same time acknowledged the importance of the work NCA has done over the years in the combat against human trafficking. 

He said that he was tempted to name NCA as “Malawi Church Aid” in recognition of the way NCA is working so closely with Malawian partners and stakeholders, including the government and faith communities.

Published: Friday, September 8, 2017