Malawi is at a turning point in its young democratic history, with a chance to make major development progress. Sworn in on April 7, 2012, President Joyce Banda quickly introduced economic and political reform. While the U.S. Government (USG) played a significant and constructive role, it was the government and people of Malawi who reaffirmed their commitment to democratic principles with a peaceful and constitutional succession. Malawi must tackle fundamental governance issues that include corruption, institutional reform, and an inefficient bureaucracy. The current Administration and successive governments will require strong international support—especially from the United States, the largest and most influential donor— to succeed in an ambitious reform agenda and to best address the country's health, education, food security and other socioeconomic needs.
Last updated: September 12, 2014