The Institute for Policy Interaction (IPI), Malawi, is an independent and autonomous policy think tank established and registered in 2001 under the company limited by guarantee. The organisation aims to realise good governance through an interactive approach to economic, social and political issues. Over the years, IPI has earned public trust and confidence in influencing public policy by the executive and legislative branches of government, civil society, and the people. The organisation has been involved in many critical strategic areas of Democracy and development, such as strengthening democratic institutions, policy research, advocacy and grassroots empowerment, promoting unity, dialogue and peace and mitigating conflicts.
The book titled DEMOCRACY TESTED: The Case of Malawi’s 2019 Tripartite Elections seeks to contribute to that body of literature by providing multidisciplinary insights into the 2019 tripartite elections and their contribution to the medium and long-term prospects of the country’s democratisation process. While the scope of this book is the 2019 tripartite elections, the…
13th September 2022 marked the first death anniversary of Mr Rafiq Hajat, who was the founder and executive director of a Governance think tank, The Institute for Policy Interaction. Rafiq Hajat headed the institution for two decades until his last date. The memorial was attended by family members, civil society leaders, representatives from the government…
Nandini Patel obtained her PhD in Political Science from the University of Bombay in 1990. She was a senior lecturer in Political Science at the University of Malawi and an associate professor at the Catholic University of Malawi. Patel has participated in international election observer missions with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC). She was a visiting researcher at the University of Freiburg, Switzerland, in 2007. She is a founder member and chairperson of a think-tank called the Institute for Policy Interaction, Malawi. Her research focus is mainly on governance and democracy. Patel was a Board member of the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA). She also served as a Commissioner on the Special Law Commission on electoral reforms in Malawi in 2018.
Mr. Justin Dzonzi
Legal Practioner | Board Member
Mr. Mavuto Bamusi
Mavuto Bamusi holds a Master’s in Political Science, independent democratic governance and policy analyst with 18 years hands-on experience in policy advocacy, human rights activism, and research for evidence-based approaches. Mr. Bamusi has vast experience in civil society organisation and NGO management. He has worked at the senior management level with the Malawi Economic Justice Network (MEJN), Human Rights Consultative Committee (HRCC), and an international NGO, the Norwegian Church Aid (NCA). Bamusi is also conversant with state institutions as he also worked with the Malawi government as a government advisor to the president of Malawi on civil society affairs. He has carried out several development policy studies commissioned by local and international organisations to design social and economic development interventions, especially in rural areas of Malawi.
Ollen Mwalubunju is a governance and policy analyst with over 20 years of working experience in Africa with Governments, Regional Economic Communities and African Union, Parliaments and Civil Society Organisations. He is currently the Executive Director of the National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE), a Public Trust whose mandate is to contribute towards good governance and democracy through civic and voter education. He is a former Commissioner for the Malawi Human Rights Commission, a founding Executive Director of the Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) in Malawi, a Senior Program Manager of the Centre for Conflict Resolution in South Africa and a founder member of the Malawi Electoral Support Network (MESN). Ollen Malawi holds a Master’s Degree in Policy Studies specializing in International Relations from the University of Zimbabwe, FortHare and Dar-es-Salaam. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Public Administration from Makerere University.
To facilitate the evolution of a participatory democracy that upholds the cardinal values of equality and justice – nationally and internationally.