Blessings Chilima

Specialist, Finance

Blessings Chilima joined the Basel Institute on Governance in August 2021 and is currently Specialist, Finance in Malawi.

He is a professional accountant with specialist experience in the field of international development and humanitarian aid.

After graduating from the University of Malawi – The Polytechnic with a degree in accounting, finance and auditing, Blessings worked for five years with World Vision International (WVI) as a PMU Grants Finance Officer. In this role, he supported educational and youth-focused projects including THRIVE Malawi, Action for Adolescence (A4A) and the World Food Programme's Literacy Promotion Project.

He then worked as Programme Accountant at United Purpose (formerly Concern Universal), where he supported two European Union-funded projects: EU ProACT-FUTURE and EU SoSuRe-FUTURE. The latter programme focused on alleviating Covid-related impacts on nutrition and social protection in Malawi.

In these roles he undertook a wide range of accounting responsibilities, including the preparation of financial reports, sub-grantee management, budget preparation, tax submissions and auditing procedures.