Welcome to the Mining in Malawi blog site.
The Government of Malawi aims to increase the contribution of mining to 20% of Malawi’s GDP by 2023 (see Malawi Mines & Minerals Policy (2013)). Although this is highly improbable, we still need to work together to ensure that this is done in the best way possible.
Mining in Malawi is home to a collection of and commentary on news, research and initiatives in Malawi’s extractive industries. It covers oil and gas as well as mining, but trying to combine those words into a catchy blog title was not possible.
More information needs to be more widely and easily available for interested investors, concerned citizens, present political leaders, agitated activists, etc.
With more information at our fingertips, we will be better placed to drive debate, inform policy, push for improving the investment climate and transparency in the sector and make progress in maximising the much-touted potential of the industry for equitable national, community and household socio-economic growth as well as for the investors and shareholders.
We welcome your feedback.
A note about the blog
Rachel’s connection to Malawi goes back 18 years when her parents moved their three daughters, of which Rachel is the firstborn, to Lilongwe. She is also Malawian through marriage to Muti Phoya – Director of Logos, and author, historian, filmmaker and techactivist.
Rachel worked with the Revenue Development Foundation in Lilongwe as a Senior Revenue Specialist within the Department of Forestry, Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining from 2013 to 2014. Between January 2015 and June 2017, she took on the role of Head of Accountability, Policy and Programmes at Citizens for Justice as an integrated expert with the Centre for International Migration and Development, financed through GIZ’s programme in Malawi ‘Strengthening public financial and economic management‘. In this role, she sat on Malawi’s first multi-stakeholder group for the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. She is currently an associate with OpenOil, Resources for Development, and the Open Knowledge Foundation.
Rachel also has been involved in research and projects with the University of Edinburgh, Gemfields Plc, Resources for Development, OpenOil, Oxfam, Imani Development, the Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa, and Maravi Security Risk Management.
Rachel holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and a Master of Science from the Royal Agricultural University, United Kingdom. She is slowly working towards a further postgraduate qualification through the University of Dundee’s Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy.
Rachel is interested to connect with anyone involved or seeking to be involved in Malawi’s extractive industries as well as those exploring the relationship between faith and extractives.
Read more about Rachel’s decision to no longer write anonymously.