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April 9, 2015

USAID/Malawi supports institutional strengthening and increased citizen participation in decision-making.  USAID provided significant assistance during Malawi’s May 2014 tripartite election for President, Parliament, and Local Councilors—the first election of its kind in Malawi’s history.  By raising awareness of electoral rights and processes, USAID’s Democracy and Governance office created a better and more informed electorate, ensured fewer irregularities during the election process, and spurred higher voter turnout.  Activities increased citizens’ opportunities for engaging with government officials and therefore cultivated democratic legitimacy and inclusion.

Program Elements

During the 2014 election, USAID increased civic electoral involvement by: 

September 12, 2013

The Wellness and Agriculture for Life Advancement (WALA) program is a Title II USAID Food For Peace funded five-year $80.7 million integrated food security program.  The program started in July 2009 and will end in June 2014. This initiative aims to reduce food insecurity of 215,000 vulnerable households in 39 traditional authorities in eight most food insecure districts in Southern Malawi.

September 12, 2013

USAID works with the Government of Malawi to maintain an uninterrupted supply of life-saving health commodities in facilities and communities. USAID’s efforts include direct procurement of voluntary medical male circumcision, anti-malaria, and family planning commodities; and secured storage and monthly distribution of anti-malaria and family planning commodities to all of the over 600 public health facilities in Malawi.

September 12, 2013

USAID partners with the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Irrigation, Agriculture and Food Security to strengthen the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector. USAID is committed to working with the Government of Malawi, other development partners, and civil society to increase the availability of quality WASH services in households, communities, schools and health facilities.

September 12, 2013

Malutrition is a serious health and development challenge in Malawi. While stunting and underweight rates decreased from 2004 to 2010 (from 53% to 47% and 17% to 14%, respectively), they remain high. This is in part a result of prolonged food shortages that affect both quantity and quality of nourishment.

September 12, 2013

The Integrating Nutrition in Value Chains (INVC) project is designed to implement USAID’s Feed the Future (FTF) and Global Health Initiative (GHI) strategies with the aim to sustainably reduce rural poverty and improve nutritional outcomes. INVC, which is USAID/Malawi’s flagship FTF project, runs from April 2012-April 2015. 


Last updated: August 19, 2015

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