Our Stories | Malawi

Last updated: August 02, 2019

August 1, 2019

USAID/Malawi is a phase II CDCS country and is crafting a youth development objective to address a Malawian population where more than 60 percent of citizens are 24 or younger. On July 14th, Agency Youth Coordinator Mike McCabe and two youth experts from the Global Health Office - Linda Sussman and Laurette Cucuzza - traveled to Malawi to: a)  consult with USAID/Malawi staff on challenging design aspects of a Youth DO, and b) deliver a two-day Positive Youth Development (PYD) training for key USAID/Malawi technical and implementing partner staff. Twenty-one participants completed the course and are now ready to employ USAID’s PYD methodology to their forthcoming work under the CDCS Youth DO.

August 1, 2019

On Thursday, July 16, USAID Power Africa staff, Government of Malawi (GoM) officials, and private sector representatives gathered to celebrate the Malawian and international companies that qualified for a total of $2 million in results-based grant financing through “USAID’s Solar Home System Kick-Starter Program for Malawi.” USAID selected SolarWorks!, Vitalite, Yellow Solar and Zuwa Energy from a group of twenty applicants.

June 27, 2019

Jim Richardson, Assistant to the Administrator for Policy, Planning and Learning (PPL), and Chris Maloney, Deputy Assistant to the Administrator for PPL traveled to Malawi from May 8-10, 2019 to support the development of the results framework for USAID/Malawi’s draft Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) and to engage with Government of Malawi (GoM) officials on USAID’s Journey to Self Reliance (J2SR) approach. During their visit, Jim and Chris participated in CDCS meetings, met with locally employed staff, conducted site visits to multiple projects in Nkhoma, and consulted with USAID/Malawi leadership and GoM officials regarding integrating J2SR principles into future development work.

June 27, 2019

On Tuesday, May 21, 2019, Malawians went to the polls to participate in their tripartite elections for president, parliamentarians, and district representatives. Across Malawi, 5,105,983 citizens cast their vote and participated in Malawi’s sixth national election since the end of Hastings Kamuzu Banda’s 30 years of post-colonial rule. On Monday, May 27, 2019, the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) declared the incumbent Arthur P. Mutharika of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) the winner with 38.57 percent of the vote.

May 3, 2019

It is a question that needs to be asked while reasonable solutions are still within reach. Between 2004 and 2017, Malawi lost an estimated 1.7 percent of its forest cover every year, and according to Zacharia Magombo, Principal Scientific Officer at the National Herbarium and Botanic Gardens of Malawi, the demand for fuel wood will exceed the number of trees that can be regenerated in the country’s forests, farms and tree plantations within the next five years. As more and more trees are cut down to meet fuel and construction needs, deforestation is leading to increased soil erosion, more flood and drought events, and reduced crop productivity. Using firewood and charcoal for cooking fuel is the number one driver of deforestation, as 90 percent of Malawians do not have electrical power or other sources of energy with which to cook.

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