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USAID Development Cooperation with

Malawi Reaches U.S. $177 Million in 2012

LILONGWE – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Malawi’s Ministry of Finance and Development Planning have signed bi-lateral agreements totalling $105 million (MK31.5 billion) to continue USAID-specific development cooperation between the U.S. and Malawi for programs in education, health, economic growth, and democracy and good governance.  This cooperation, implemented through NGOs, international organization and Government of Malawi partnerships, supports Malawi’s own development priorities.  USAID addresses cross-cutting challenges of human and institutional capacity, women’s empowerment and capacity of Malawian institutions and communities to achieve and sustain development. 

This signing brings the total USAID commitment to Malawi this year to $177 million (MK53.1 billion). USAID’s total assistance to Malawi in the past 11 years (2001 to 2012) now stands at $756 million (MK 226.8 billion).

Through these recently signed bilateral agreements, the United States Government will implement $10 million in assistance to improve the quality of primary education, with special emphasis on early grade reading and fully support the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology’s National Education Sector Plan.

In the health sector, $73 million will support the Ministry of Health to strengthen health systems and quality health services – with a particular focus on life-saving maternal and newborn care, child healthcare, nutrition, water and sanitation and improved delivery of voluntary family planning and HIV/AIDS services as well as support the National Malaria Control Program. All programs will promote the Government of Malawi’s new National Health Strategy and will work in tandem with other U.S. agencies under three U.S. Presidential Initiatives.

In support of economic growth, $20 million will go toward developing agriculture productivity and marketing (particularly for dairy and legumes), and expand trade and enterprise. Funding will also promote efforts to improve the delivery of food aid and the ability to monitor and respond to disasters, as well as protect natural resources and promote adaptation to climate change.  

In addition, $100,000 will support civic education, aiming to deepen democracy and good governance practices at the local and national levels.

Currently, the agency is obligating $105 million of the total budget of $177 million to its implementing partners. The remaining balance of $72 million will be obligated upon finalization of clearance processes by Washington.

USAID/Malawi currently supports close to 40 projects throughout the country carrying out development projects in the aforementioned sectors.

USAID’s cooperative agreement represents a large portion of United States development assistance in Malawi which also includes programs and projects funded by the Departments of State, Defense, Agriculture, Health and Human Services as well as the Centers for Disease Control, Peace Corps and Millennium Challenge Corporation.

For more information, contact Oris Chimenya, USAID/Malawi Development Outreach and Communications Specialist on 0888 262 675 or 0888 991 445.