Fact Sheets

Empowering Girls Through Education and Health (ASPIRE) is a four-year US$ 18.2 million USAID activity aimed at increasing the educational attainment of girls in primary and secondary schools in Balaka, Machinga and Zomba districts in Malawi, reaching 182,000 girls.

ASPIRE Key Outputs

Output 1: Reading skills for girls in upper primary school improved.
Output 2: Adoption of positive sexual and health-care seeking behaviors among youth ages 10-19 increased.
Output 3: Key structural and cultural barriers for girls ages 10-19 decreased.

The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) is an armed group that has committed human rights atrocities against communities in Central Africa for almost 30 years. Joseph Kony formed the LRA in 1986 as a Ugandan political rebellion, but the group soon began to carry out massacres, sexual-based violence, mutilations, pillage, and abductions. Kony also gained notoriety for his use of child soldiers and slaves.

After several years of civil conflict and instability, the Central African Republic (CAR) remains one of the least developed countries in the world. The security situation in CAR has been volatile since December 2012, when the Séléka armed group first entered the capital city of Bangui. Since that time, armed groups—many organized along religious and ethnic lines—have attacked civilians and pillaged natural resources across the country. At the height of the conflict, over one-quarter of the country’s population was displaced.

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To end extreme poverty and promote resilient, democratic societies, women and girls must be empowered and USAID is committed to the full participation of every member of society. USAID’s development mission is a world in which women, men, girls and boys enjoy equal economic, social, cultural, civil, and political rights and are all empowered to secure better lives for themselves, their families and their communities.

“For the first time, the youth are being considered in all development initiatives taking place in this area…we have developed a good relationship with our Local Councilor and our representatives in Parliament and are able to meet them regularly to follow up on issues that matter to us.” – Isaac Benson Scale, Youth and Civic Education, on USAID’s Civic and Voter Education Project

El Niño occurs when the Pacific Ocean warms and disrupts weather around the globe. The ongoing El Niño has resulted in a severe drought across southern Africa. Rains, which typically begin in October/November, were delayed by almost two months in some areas of Malawi leading to failed crops for many sustenance farmers. Due to the poverty levels, population, and environmental pressures, Malawi is especially vulnerable to weather shocks. This means that past development gains can be counteracted by the recurrent cycle of floods and droughts El Niño creates.

Malawi has one of the lowest GDPs in the world and 37.1% of Malawian children are stunted from malnutrition. USAID believes that by integrating nutrition in value chains (INVC), it can help Malawi’s small businesses develop more effectively while also promoting nutrition throughout the country.

Climate change affects countries across the globe. However, due to, high population growth, rapid deforestation, and widespread soil erosion, Malawi’s agriculturally-based economy is particularly susceptible to climate change’s negative consequences. 

“I thank the experts at USAID’s Integrating Nutrition into Value Chains (INVC), whose mentorship and support has contributed to the growth of this business” – Chrissie Rice, Malawian business owner of Estrell Trading Company, one of Malawi’s most successful groundnut processing businesses.

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Last updated: September 24, 2016