We work in Malawi to help alleviate poverty, support economic growth and encourage good governance.

Malawi is one of the world’s poorest countries, with some of the worst development statistics for a non-conflict country.

It ranks 171 out of 187 in the Human Development Index (2012).

Between 2000 and 2010 Malawi made significant progress on many Millennium Development Goals, but it is still unlikely to meet targets given the low base it started from.

Challenging economic and political contexts in the last 2 years have hampered progress on key indicators.

The following 3 priorities underpin our work:

  • we are committed to addressing the poverty and inequality facing large parts of the population.

  • we are committed to supporting economic growth and wealth creation to turn the economy around and sustainably help people out of poverty.

  • we recognise the importance of good governance and will actively promote an open society and improved governance in Malawi.

DFID funds many organisations who are working to end poverty through open competition. Find out more about how our funding schemes work and the application processes.

For detailed information on our programme and what the UK spends on development in Malawi, see the DFID Malawi operational plan 2014. See also our Development Tracker to explore international development projects funded by the UK government by country and sector.

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DFID Malawi

British High Commission
8 Convention Drive
PO Box 30042

Lilongwe 3

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