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Title:Situation of archives in Africa: the case of National Archives of Malawi
Author:Lihoma, PaulISNI
Periodical:African Research and Documentation
Geographic term:Malawi
Subject:national archives
Abstract:The National Archives of Malawi (NAM) is a member of the East and Southern Africa Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives (ESARBICA), a regional body comprising 14 countries. The state of archives in the ESARBICA region varies from country to country owing to the fact that the countries are at different levels economically, politically and otherwise. Despite this diversity, there are common challenges to all archival institutions in the region, including little awareness by government officials of the value of records and information and the role of national archives, weak leadership for records and archives programmes, weak records laws, limited skills for managing records and archives, high staff turn-over, and limited budgets, equipment, materials and space. Through an EU-sponsored project, NAM has been able to undertake a number of activities, including the mainstreaming of records management activities in Malawi, termite proofing of NAM buildings and the installation of steel shelves for storage. NAM also secured some financial assistance from the Norwegian Embassy in Lilongwe. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]