The Centre for Human Rights of the University of Pretoria and Youth and Society (YAS), invites you to a webinar on the state of Access to Information (ATI) in Malawi. The webinar seeks to assess Malawi’s compliance with the international human rights practices on the right of access to information and to provide a platform for stakeholders working in the ATI sector to share insights on the implementation of Malawi’s Access to Information Act.

The discussion will also analyse the gains, opportunities, gaps and recommendations for enhancing the access to information landscape in Malawi. The event is part of the commemoration of 10 Years of the Model Law on Access to Information for Africa that was adopted by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in 2013.

Event Information

Date: 27 April 2023
Time: 10:00 -11:30 (SAST)
Venue: Online Webinar - Zoom

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  • Bosire Bosire
  • Idirashe Amanda Chikomba
  • Smith Naseri Edumebong 


Mandy Pondani
MISA Malawi, Vice Chairperson
Mandy Pondani has about eight years of Media experience from the newsroom and media consultancy. She has a proven track record from similar roles with Mary’s Meals and from the Ministry of Labour and Education respectively. Mandy is the current Vice Chairperson of the Media Institute for Southern Africa (Misa) Malawi. She is a Trainer of Trainers for Gender Equity and Media Safety certified by the International Federation of Journalists. Among other credentials, she holds a Master’s Degree in International Communication, Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and a Professional Certificate in Media Management from WanIfra’s Women in News Program.
Ms Mwandida Theu
Youth and Society (YAS)
Mwandida Theu holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Rights from University of Livingstonia. She is pursuing a Masters’ degree in Transformative Community Development at Mzuzu University. She is currently a Program Coordinator for Human Rights and Civil Society Strengthening at Youth and Society (YAS), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) that exists to promote and defend human rights and democratic governance in Malawi in the principal interest of young people and marginalised groups. She is a human rights activist with an interest in Human rights, governance, Anti-corruption and rule of law, civic space, digital rights and advocacy.
Mr Chance Kalolokeska 
Malawi Human Rights Commission
Chance is the Deputy Director for Civil and Political Rights and Head of the Access to Information Unit at the Malawi Human Rights Commission. Malawi Human Rights Commission is a National Human Rights Institution with the Constitutional mandate of protecting and promoting human rights in Malawi. In addition, the Commission is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Access to Information Act in Malawi. Chance is a former Rotary Peace Fellow (2018-2019) who studied MA Peace, Conflict and Development at the University of Bradford, UK.
Mr Authur Chipenda
Ministry of Information and Digitisation
Arthur Chipenda is a media, information and communications expert currently working for the Ministry of Information and Digitalisation in Malawi as Deputy Director of Information and also managing implementation of Access to Information Act in the Ministry. He holds a Bachelor of Art (Journalism) degree from University of Malawi, and he is currently studying for a Master of Arts in ICT Policy and Regulation.

For more information, please contact:

Project Officer: Expression, Information and Digital Rights Unit

Tel: +27 (0) 12 420 3810

Manager: Expression, Information and Digital Rights Unit

Tel: +27 (0) 12 420 4199


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