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Malawi

Malawi

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  • Day3

    Our appointment with the Central Bank of Malawi is cancelled so we have some time for sightseeing. I read some pages in google and said: here is the Palast of a President, the oldest house in Blantyre - the Mandala House (I thought that sounds very interesting) - and a big church.

    They choose ...

    YES, Shoprite! Notice: I am the only woman!!! 😂

  • Day9

    Enjoying the last morning in Lilongwe! At 11.00 we will be picked up to the airport.

    And after seven attempts to get a scramble egg with tomato and onion I was successful today! Finally 😂

    Wish you a very nice Sunday! 😘

  • Day242

    So, I've been in Malawi for almost a month now... And several times already, I realised that you can't really plan ahead what you're going to do the next day...
    The healthcare is pretty bad or non-existent for the 95% (?) people who can't afford it, resulting in sudden deaths happening way too often in a family... And when someone died, then all the relatives take the 2-3-4 days off it takes to reach "home" and be at the funeral.
    Meetings are cancelled, food is not cooked, houses are not guarded, walls are not built then... For the same reasons, plus the malaria and HIV, sickness leaves also have to be taken pretty often by the people you work with. So, you wait for their return in a better shape...
    And then there are "problems with the car" that just wouldn't start that day, or other transportation surprises...
    Oh and don't delay your soup-making or taking a shower, or sending that email, because the power might be cut for the next 3-6-9-12 hours...

    Today the minibus drivers went on strike in Blantyre, because of a change of law rising the fines when they contravene (too loaded, wrong parking...) -well I wouldn't see the problem until I read that they are not supposed to carry bags more than 16kg now... 16kg??? When a maize bag is 50 ? And when it's the only affordable transportation option at all? This is kind of ridiculous.

    And so then you get up in the morning, thinking this is your last day around because the next day you're planning to go to a national park for the weekend, then to Lilongwe and Zambia, but actually No! You're not going to go anywhere today, shopping at the market and working on constructuring site will wait, and maybe not the next ones either, because the situation has changed completely from the day before : people are angry, they are gathering stones along the road and use them against cars and other people, minibuses are being torched and supermarkets might get looted and the police is moving now and last time something like that happened 20 people were killed.
    Oops.

    So everybody who managed to come to work is sent home, and you just wait to see if it's worth packing your bag or not.
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  • Day6

    Der hat mit einem neuen Raum begonnen. Das Hotel dachte, dass wir bereits gestern endeten und hat den Raum anderweitig vergeben. Also umziehen, aber alles kein Problem.

    Baboucarr gab uns dann eine schöne Übersicht über die letzten Tage. Und das mehr oder weniger das Ende der Konferenz. Wir hatten noch Möglichkeit zum Netzwerken aber um 12.00 war wirklich Ende.

    Danach sind wir nach Lilongwe zurück gefahren. Dieses Mal mit nur 5 Leuten in einem Wagen, so dass die Reise ganz bequem war. Nach über fünf Stunden waren wir im Hotel.

    Ich habe die letzten Vorkehrungen für den Workshop getroffen (natürlich durfte ich die Tagesordnung umstellen, da Nana morgen um 2 gehen muss) aber das war nun wirklich kein Problem. Noch ein paar Emails und jetzt ....

    Bis morgen! Schlaft gut!

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    It starts with a new room. The hotel thought that the conference had have ended yesterday. Therefore they had to prepare a new room because the "old" one was occupied by the next conference.

    Baboucarr gave us a summary of the whole conference so that we had a great overview over the last days. And this was more or less the end. We had some time for networking but at 12.00 the conference was closed.

    After that we went back to Lilongwe by. At. This time only five people in one car so that we had a quite comfortable journey. After more than five hours we were back in Lilongwe in the hotel.

    I made the last preparations for the workshop tomorrow (of course I had to change the schedule because Nana will have to go at 2 😬) but that was not really difficult and wrote a lot mails.

    See you tomorrow ;) good night!
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  • Day5

    Sehr entspannt für mich! Ich nur Teilnehmer, sah gute Präsentationen und eine interessante Diskussion über die Rolle des Verbandes in der Regulierung.

    Nach dem Mittagessen hat die Delegation von The Gambia noch einen Termin bei der Zentralbank Malawi gehabt. Dort wurde uns von dem Prozess zur Einführung und Entwicklung der Regulierung erzählt, von den Vorschriften selbst und ein paar zusätzlichen Punkten. Das war echt klasse!

    Meine Intention für heute Abend war, die Delegation in ein Restaurant "21 Grill on Hannover" einzuladen. Ich dachte mir, da muss ich hin als in Hannover Geborene und dann hier so ein Restaurant in Malawi. Also ich einen Tisch für heute Abend reserviert.

    Aber... fünf Minuten später erzählt mir Sylvester, dass wir ein Conference Abendessen haben. Im Sunbird, draußen, im Garten.... das wird bestimmt nett werden. Also ich wieder zum Restaurant, Tisch storniert 😔.

    So und nun Zeit zum Arbeiten...

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    Very relaxed for me! Only participant, heard some really good presentations and an interesting discussion about the role of an apex in the scope of regulation.

    After lunch the delegation from The Gambia had an appointment with the Reserve Bank of Malawi. They told us about the process to formulate the regulation in Malawi, gave in insight in the regulation and we could discuss some other points. That was perfect!

    My intention for the evening was to invite our delegation to a dinner and I found a nice restaurant for that: the "21 Grill on Hannover"! I had to eat there - I was born in Hannover therefore I have to eat in Malawi in this restaurant. I went to the restaurant and booked a table for tonight.

    But... when I talked to Sylvester five minutes later he told me about a conference dinner this night. At sunbird, outside in the garden ... hm, I guess that will be really nice. Consequently I went to the restaurant again and cancelled my reservation 😔

    And now some working time for me ...
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  • Day7

    Wir sind nicht nur in Malawi, um an der Konferenz teilzunehmen sondern auch um an den eigenen Themen zu arbeiten. Thema: Regulierung natürlich. Ziel ist es, Handlungspläne für jedes Land zu erarbeiten denn beide Länder stehen vor unterschiedlichen Herausforderungen: The Gambia möchte die Regulierung formulieren, Ghana hat sie bereits veröffentlicht und möchte nun einen Handlungsplan für die Umsetzung haben.

    Und der Tag war wirklich gut. Wir haben die Aufgaben für The Gambia zusammengestellt und wollen morgen nur noch ein paar Fragen zum Lobbying klären.

    Nach dem Workshop hab ich den Pool ausprobiert. Ich war hoch motiviert, meine 30 min zu schwimmen, die ich in Ghana auch schwimme. Ich vergaß allerdings, dass hier Winter ist und dass der Pool mitten im Restaurant liegt... es war kalt und ich fühlte mich irre beobachtet, so dass ich es vorzog, nach 15 min wieder zur Arbeit überzugehen.

    Am Abend dann mein zweiter Versuch, alle zum Essen einzuladen. Dieses Mal klappte es, war ja auch durch Sylvester organisiert. Es war ein netter Abend.

    Danke Sylvester, George, Bettyrose, Baboucarr, Nana und allen, die halfen, diesen Aufenthalt zu realisieren!
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    We are in Malawi not only to be part of the regulatory round table but also due to work on our own issues. Issue: of course regulation! Aim is an action plan for each country, because both countries faces different challenges: The Gambia would like to formulate a regulation, Ghana published its regulation in March and like to have an "implementation plan".

    And the day was good! We have already developed the tasks for the formulation of the regulation for The Gambia and want to discuss tomorrow only some pieces for the lobbying.

    After the workshop I tried the pool. I was motivated to swim my 30 min which I am used to swim in Ghana. I forgot that we have winter here .... and that the pool is located at the restaurant. It was cold and I felt very observed so that I preferred to work in my room after 15 min ;).

    In the evening the second attempt to invite them in a restaurant. This time is it organised by Sylvester and it worked ;). It was a nice evening!

    Thank you Sylvester, George, Bettyrose, Baboucarr, Nana and all who helped me to realise this stay!
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  • Day8

    Heute fand der zweite und letzte Teil unseres Workshops statt. Und ich denke, wir waren wirklich erfolgreich: ein Action Plan für The Gambia und einer für Ghana. Einer zum Formulieren der Regulations, einer um die Konsequenzen zu bearbeiten. Beide sehr ambitioniert!

    Nach dem Workshop wollte ich mit den Teilnehmer das erfolgreiche Ende des Workshops feiern. Aber die meisten hier sind Moslems: das heißt keinen Alkohol (das wäre nicht das Problem aber) seit heute ist Ramadan. Das heißt NICHTS zu essen oder trinken während des Tages. Heftig.... naja ich hab dann solidarischer Weise mit Wasser und Karotten gefeiert 😉

    Am Nachmittag sind Nana und ich in die Altstadt gegangen. Zugegeben wir haben sie gesucht, wussten, dass wir in ihr standen, haben aber nicht wirklich eine Altstadt ausmachen können. Aber ratet was wir fanden???

    Ja, wieder einen Shoprite 😂 und dieses Mal ohne Gambianer.

    Alternativ gingen wir zum Fluss. Das hat mich ziemlich geschockt: auf der einen Seite soweit alles in Ordnung, auf der anderen Seite Slums. Und ich dachte, Malawi würde es besser gehen als anderen afrikanischen Ländern.

    Nach unserem Spaziergang sind wir an die Bar gegangen und haben uns sehr nett unterhalten. Ja, auch über den Job aber auch über alles mögliche und im Speziellen über Ghana.

    Bevor wir was essen konnten kam Baboucarr und sagte zu Nana, dass George (von ACOSCCA) jetzt Zeit hätte und ein Fahrer bereits warten würde. Hm... we beeilten uns, aßen unser Abendessen, er ging dann und ich nutzte die letzten zwei Stunden, um das Protokoll zu schreiben.

    Protokoll fertig, müde, ein bisschen ausgelaugt aber happy! Es war nen schöner Trip!

    Gute Nacht! 😘

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    Today took place the second and last part of our workshop. And I think we were really successful! Action plan for The Gambia for the formulation of a regulation and action plan for Ghana because of the consequences of the regulation. Both very ambitious!

    I liked to celebrate with them the end of our workshop but: most of them are Moslems: no alcohol (that would not be the problem but) since today is Ramadan! That means NOTHING during the day! No food, nothing to drink ... that must be horrible ... solidly, I celebrated with water and carrots 😉

    In the afternoon Nana and me went to the old town of Lilongwe. Honestly, we looked for the old town, we knew we were at the old town but we couldn't find the old town really. Guess what we found????

    Exactly, a Shoprite again 😂 and this time not with a Gambian.

    Alternatively, we went to the river and I was shocked. It was like a new world, one side of the river quite nice and the other side were slums. I thought Malawi would be better than other African countries.

    After our walk we had a drink at the bar. It was a very interesting and good conversations we talked about so many things; of course about our job but we could also talk about the world and Ghana in particular ;).

    Bevor we could eat something Baboucarr came und told Nana that George (von ACCOSCA) would have time now and a driver is already at the hotel. Hm... we ate our dinner, he left and I used the last two hours to write the protocol.

    Protocol finished, tiered, a bit drained but happy! It was a very nice day!

    Good night! 😘
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  • Day9

    Wir müssen jetzt wieder los. Es war wirklich ein toller Aufenthalt. Aber leider endet alles irgendwann.

    Wir fuhren zum Flughafen und dort traf ich Rebecca. Sie war meine Trainer in der AIZ für interkulturelle Kommunikation. Wir hatten ne Menge Spaß, da sie mich in einer Übung als Local anschreien musste (in ihrer Rolle natürlich). Sie hatte ein Training für die GIZ hier in Malawi. Es war wirklich nett, sie wieder zu sehen.

    Jetzt kommen die ACCOSCA ladies in the Halle. Sie fliegen gleich nach Nairobi.

    Und ich? Ich schaue das Pokalfinale: Dortmund - Frankfurt! (Ist aber nur begrenzt spannend, ich hab leider gestern Abend mitbekommen, wer gewonnen hat ;))

    Jep und jetzt Zwischenlandung in Blantyre... so einfach kommen wir hier nicht weg 😂

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    We have to leave now. It was such a nice stay but everything ends someday unfortunately.

    We went to the airport and I met Rebecca. She was my trainer at AIZ for intercultural communication. We had a lot fun in the course because of one exercise in which she shouted a lot with me (in her role, of course ;)).. She had a training for GIZ in Malawi. It was really nice to see her again.

    And now the ACCOSCA lady's are entering the hall - they are going to Nairobi.

    And me? I am watching football: Dortmund - Frankfurt, "the German pot final". (But it is only limited exciting, I got the winner yesterday ;)).

    And now a stop in Blantyre. Malawi doesn't want us to go 😂
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  • Day29

    After various stop offs and the use of numerous modes of transport (taxis, 'dala dala' buses, motorbikes and coaches), we arrived at the Big Blue Backpackers hostel in Nkhata Bay, on the edge of Lake Malawi. We swam in the lake, caught up on the 'goings on' in the world, did some more planning of the trip and even got to catch some of the rugby World Cup in a local bar.
    Next we travelled to Mangochi on the south edge of the lake, where we attended the Lake of Stars music festival. It was interesting to experience a musical festival based on the beach with not one drop of mud in sight! We saw various musical acts from Malawi and around Africa and Europe. We even saw the Malawian version of 'Vagina Monologues'. Some of us managed better in the sun than others (the 'Corrigan skin' is surviving quite well so far!) but it was still a very enjoyable festival and another good experience on this trip!
    We then headed back north to Senga Bay, where we stayed for a couple of days in Mufrasa Lodge. Here we recovered after a busy weekend and we also did some kayaking on the lake. The local pool table maintenance man, from South Africa, drove us, free of charge, to the city of Lilongwe in the back of his 'pick up' truck. After a mix up in the bookings at Mabuya Camp, we were each given our own individual tents for free, as a way of compensation for not having any bedrooms for us. We did some shopping, stocked up on supplies and dipped our feet in the camp's swimming pool!
    We are now out way to Zambia. The bus was two hours late this morning so God knows what time we'll arrive in Lusaka. Hopefully it won't be as bad as the last long journey to Mbeya, when we arrived at 3.30 am after 21 hours sitting on a hot bus. But I guess we've learned that time means nothing here in Africa. Getting things done quickly isn't an option!
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Republic of Malawi, Malawi, ማላዊ, Malaui, ملاوي, Malavi, Малаві, Малави, মালাউই, མཱ་ལཱ་ཝི།, Malawi nutome, Μαλάουι, Malavio, مالاوی, Malaawi, An Mhaláiv, માલાવી, מלאווי, मलावी, Մալավի, Malaví, マラウイ共和国, მალავი, ಮಲಾವಿ, 말라위, Malavia, Malavis, Malāvija, Malaoì, മലാവി, မာလာဝီ, मालावी, Malaŵi, ମାଲୱି, Malauí, Malawïi, Malevia, மாலவி, మాలావి, ประเทศมาลาวี, مالاۋى, ملاوی, Ma-la-uy (Malawi), Malaviyän, Orílẹ́ède Malawi, 马拉维, i-Malawi

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