USAID Malawi USAID Forward Fact Sheet

USAID has embarked on an ambitious reform effort, USAID Forward, changing the way the Agency does business.  It encourages new partnerships, emphasizes innovation, and focuses on evidence-based programming.

Program Elements 

USAID/Malawi is fully engaged in USAID Forward, as outlined in its Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS).  Since the launch of it CDCS in 2013, USAID has provided over $10 million in direct grant support to Malawian organizations working in health, agriculture, and education.  The financial management and procurement offices worked with local organizations to develop accounting, governance, human resource management, and procurement skills so they can better meet pre-award conditions. 

In 2014, USAID awarded a $12.5 million, five-year activity, Supporting the Efforts of Partners (STEPS).  It will expand the pool of local organizations who can qualify for direct grants.  Through STEPS, USAID provides technical assistance to partners across USAID’s portfolio, addressing each institution’s highest-priority needs.  These include financial management, fundraising, organizational governance, program management, strategic planning, communications, and advocacy.  Moreover, in FY15, USAID will help 25 local civil society organizations strengthen their institutions in order to deliver higher quality services in their respective sectors.

As part of the new focus on innovation, the Mobile Money Accelerator Program is an aggressive campaign to increase uptake of mobile money transactions in Malawi.  As a result, the total value of mobile transactions reached over $8 million in FY14.  
USAID also provided electronic vouchers to 55,000 smallholder farmers so they can access subsidized farm inputs under the Government of Malawi’s Farm Input Subsidy Program (FISP).  This diminished the amount of fraud associated with FISP’s current paper voucher system.
Finally, USAID launched an impact evaluation of its five-year strategy to test its development hypothesis and inform future evidence-based programming.  The evaluation will measure performance indicators at every level, specifically testing the CDCS hypothesis that integrated programming will lead to enhanced, more sustainable development results, and will guide future portfolio reviews and programming adjustments.

Key Message

USAID is modernizing and strengthening its programs in order to meet the most pressing development challenges.

Funding (FY14)

$2,758,866 obligated to local organizations and contractors

$4,094,521 (STEPS)

Total: $6,853,387


Adventist Health Services, Malawi Institute of Education, African Centre of Communication for Development, Banja La Mtsogolo, Christian Health Association of Malawi, Towvirane HIV AIDS Organization, Farmers Union of Malawi, Forum for African Women Educationalists, Community Initiative for Self Reliance, Centre for Environmental Policy and Advocacy, National Smallholder Farmers Association of Malawi, Chikwawa Catholic Development Commission, Civil Society Agriculture Network, Creative Centre for Community Mobilisation, and Christian Health Association of Malawi

USAID Contact

Meral Karan, Office Chief, USAID FORWARD & Democracy and Governance





Last updated: April 13, 2015

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