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Malawi is a small, landlocked, agriculturally dependent country in Southern Africa. It is also one of the poorest and ranks 170 out of 187 in the Human Development Index. The latest income poverty survey showed that rural poverty has increased in the last decade to 57% of the rural population. Although fragile and despite many challenges, Malawi’s macro-economy has shown some signs of improvement over the last year. However, poor governance and corruption continue to prevent Malawi from achieving its full potential.

Top priorities

  • addressing poverty and inequality through investment in education, health, agriculture, water and sanitation with an emphasis on the rights of girls and women
  • supporting wealth creation and economic growth by expanding DFID’s private sector development portfolio to improve growth in the agricultural sector
  • promoting an open society and more capable, accountable and responsive governance. DFID’s work supports increasing access to justice for women and vulnerable groups, supporting accountability and governance reforms and preparing for the 2014 general elections

Further resources

DFID Operational Plan for Malawi
Malawi page on GOV.UK website

Read more about Malawi


Children under five and pregnant women reached through DFID's nutrition-relevant programmes

2011/12 - 2015/16 , Source


Children supported by DFID in primary and lower secondary education

2011/12 - 2015/16 , Source


Children completing primary education supported by DFID

2011/12 - 2015/16 , Source


Unique people reached with one or more water, sanitation or hygiene promotion intervention

2011/12 - 2015/16 , Source


Births delivered with the help of nurses, midwives or doctors through DFID support

2011/12 - 2015/16 , Source


Additional women using modern methods of family planning through DFID support

2011/12 - 2015/16 , Source


Sectors groups as a percentage of country budgets according to the Development Assistance Committee's classifications.


Project budget total by year approved at the project level to date.