Some concerned small scale business owners in Mzimba have petitioned the Mmbelwa district council to stop new hiked taxes saying they were instituted without consultations .
Two upcoming NGOs in the north - Purple innovation for women and girls and Mzuzu Entrepreneurial hub will embark on a two year project dubbed 'Wukani stop violence against women and girls' aimed at curbing the rising cases of gender based violence in Mzimba south and Nkhata - bay districts with funding from the spotlight initiative.
Services delivery in the country's councils stand to improve following a $100 million World Bank grant for a governance to enable service delivery project that will help in strengthening their responsiveness to needs of citizens and promote prudent management of resources to check abuse.
An NGO working in the agriculture sector - Tiyeni Organization says Malaŵi is losing 39 tonnes of fertile topsoil per hectare a year due to erosion a development which is impacting negatively on crop yields in the country due to scraggy poor soils.
Water is life so they say. But for communities around Mathamanda primary school in Nkhata Bay, the situation has been unpalatable.
The Center For Social Concern is drilling some local governance structures like area development committees on how they can track public finances like the constituency development funds allocated to their areas.
A Local Youth Organization - Muumoza Youth Organization - MUYO has challenged governance structures in the areas of Senior Chief Mabulabo and Inkosi Khonsolo in Mzimba to track down systems of drug supply and usage at health centers as one way of ending the problem of drug theft which deprives communities access to quality health care.
In Malaŵi, one in every three women between the age of 15 to 49 experiences sexual or physical violence at one time or the other, according to the National statistical office.
An American citizen has bailed out communities in the area of Inkosi Mmbelwa by pumping in K38 million in the renovation of Kamteteka health center which was in a dilapidated state.
The American Linda Ward has also constructed toilets to improve sanitation at the facility which serves a population of 25000 people.
Ward also plans to construct a maternity wing and an elementary school at the health institution.
"I wanted to come in and help after I noted challenges the communities here were facing, the institution was dilapidated, had no steady water supply and the toilets were not all that good," said Ward.
"Now I will also construct a maternity wing to ensure that women are delivering in a conducive environment."
Mmbelwa district council district commissioner Emmanuel Bambe commended the action taken by the American saying her assistance has helped in giving the facility a new face.
"We are grateful with what Ward has done especially her interest to construct a maternity wing here you know as a district we are struggling with maternal-related deaths so the building of the maternity wing will help in reducing such deaths," said Bambe.
Bambe also commended Nkhondopera building construction for doing a good job, unlike other contractors who do substandard work when entrusted with such projects.
"We urge other contractors to emulate the work done by the contractor Nkhondopera building construction many times we see sub-standard works by some contractors but this is outstanding," said Bambe.
Weighing in on the Group Village headman Kamteteka Hara said the facility had no steady water supply and was an eyesore as it had been worn out and dilapidated.
" This health center serves a lot of people but it was not in good shape, we had no water here, the houses and other structures were dilapidated even the toilets were a health hazard but now with the help of Linda it now looks new," said GVH Kamteteka Hara.