At the Women In Parliaments Global Forum Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, former Malawian President Joyce Hilda Banda spoke exclusively with EURACTIV’s Rick Zednik about the support she received from EU officials in rebuilding her country’s economy.
“For the past 15 years, corruption had been going on, 30 percent of our resources were being stolen,” Banda said. “The EU ambassador told me that our financial system in government was being abused,” she added.
Banda was the president of Malawi from April 2012 to May 2014, taking office following the sudden death of President Bingu wa Mutharika.
As one of only two women to have held that office in an African country, she was named the most powerful woman in Africa by Forbes in 2014.
Since leaving office, she has focused her energies on the Joyce Banda Foundation, a charitable organisation that focuses on women and children.