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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

Key Info

  • Project budget approved for 2017/2018 More information about the total project budget £84,425,247
  • Project budget as % of DFID budget More information about the total project budget 1.17%
  • Active Projects 20
  • Population (2015, source World Bank): 17.22 million
  • % living below $1.90 per day (2010, source World Bank): 70.91%
  • Fertility rate (2014, source World Bank): 5.13
  • GDP growth rate (2015, source World Bank): 2.83%
Sector groups as a percentage of country budget More information about the sector groups
Project budget total by year More information about project funding
Budgets approved at a project level to date. This may be different from the overall operational plan budget for Malawi.