Vison 2020 in Still Birth
One of the architects of Vision 2020, Professor Adamson Muula, says failure of implementation of the vision is as a result of government failure to adhere to the plan.
Muula, a professor at College of Medicine represented the health sector at the time of framing the plan over 20 years ago. He now says the shortfalls encountered with the blue print far outweigh successes that have been registered.
“On the economic front, we have performed poorly as evidenced by soaring poverty levels. This is one of the many areas where we should have done better,” he noted adding that the root cause of the status quo is failure by successive governments to stick to the plan since 2000 when the vision was conceived and publicized.
Muula says over the years, governments have abandoned Vision 2020 for development and political ideologies suited to ruling political parties.
Over the past 20 years, says the professor, Malawi has, however, learnt lessons on the cost of disregarding plans as now the country has registered insignificant progress.
He said the lessons are pivotal in avoiding a replica of the failures as the National Planning Commission now crafts Vision 2063 coming soon.
“Of course the health sector has registered some success stories such as reduction of infant mortality rate, promotion of family planning and management of the HIV/AIDS pandemic,” he noted.
Vision 2020 is a social, economic and political blue print which Malawi adopted in 2020 with the core objective of achieving a number of social services embedded in the Malawi Growth Development Strategy.
The vision, among other ambitions, envisages Malawi as a technologically driven middle-income country by next year. That has clearly not been achieved.
Politically, the vision wanted to turn Malawi into a democratically mature nation. This too is under heavy criticism.