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Malawi’s economy is small and largely dependent on rain-fed agriculture, with a narrow export base. Current GDP per capita of $327 is only double what it was at independence. As a result, Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world and ranks 171 out of 189 in the Human Development Index, with 70% of the population below the ($1.90) poverty line. Weak growth, environmental degradation and limited connectivity with the region over recent decades have left the country vulnerable to climatic shocks and demographic challenges. UK aid is addressing these issues through our three priorities:

Top priorities

  • Supporting Government accountability, through increasing transparency and challenging corruption.
  • Breaking the cycle of humanitarian crises by increasing the resilience of poor Malawians, and making the economy more diverse and productive.
  • Preparing Malawi for the future by building human capital, accelerating the demographic transition, and tackling the environmental crisis.

Further resources

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

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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.