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Malawi's National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPA)
Government of Malawi - Ministry of Mines, Natural Resources and Environment, Feb 2008

Fourth and fifth reviews under the three-year arrangement under the poverty reduction and growth facility, and request for waivers of nonobservance of performance criteria
International Monetary Fund (IMF), Jan 2008

Informal Cross Border Food Trade in Southern Africa
FEWS NET/ World Food Programme (WFP) Cross Border Food Trade Monitoring System Technical Committee, Sep 2007

An investigation into the funding of communities: Volume 1, Lessons and best practice
Khanya-African Institute for Community-Driven Development (Khanya–aicdd), 18 Aug 2007

Report of Regional Workshop on "Strengthening responses to the Triple Threat in Southern Africa - learning from field programmes in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia"
Joint Project of Concern Worldwide (CW), Oxfam International (OI) and The Southern African Regional Poverty Network (SARPN), Aug 2007

Commonwealth synthesis review of four country-owned poverty reduction strategies
D. Peretz , Commonwealth Secretariat, Aug 2007

A case study on designing, piloting and scaling-up a land redistribution programme in Malawi
Stephen Machira, CBRLD Project Manager, Government of Malawi, 9 Jul 2007

Regional workshop on "Strengthening responses to the Triple Threat in Southern Africa - learning from field programmes"
Southern African Regional Poverty Network (SARPN), 2 Jul 2007

Pioneers, Partners, Providers: The Dynamics of Civil Society and AIDS Funding in Southern Africa
Karen Birdsall and Kevin Kelly, Centre for AIDS Development Research and Evaluation (CADRE), Jun 2007

Community wealth-ranking and household surveys: An integrative approach
Bereket Kebede , Q-Squared, Centre For International Studies, University Of Toronto, Jun 2007

Rapid expansion of treatment and rehabilitation of severely malnourished Malawian children
United States Agency for International Development (USAID), 31 May 2007

HIV/AIDS and Democratic Governance in Africa: Illustrating the impact on electoral processes
Kondwani Chirambo, IDASA, 22 May 2007

Identity voting and the regional census in Malawi
Karen Ferree and Jeremy Horowitz, May 2007

Lessons from seven countries: Reflections on the millennium challenge account
Sarah Lucas, Center for Global Development, Apr 2007

Whose security? Deepening social conflict over 'customary' land in the shadow of land tenure reform in Malawi
Pauline E. Peters and Daimon Kambewa , Center for International Development (CID), Harvard University, Mar 2007

A critical assessment of aid management and donor harmonisation: The case of Malawi
African Forum and Network on Debt and Development (AFRODAD), 2007

The Macroeconomic Framework and the fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa: The cases of Ghana and Malawi
African Forum and Network on Debt and Development (AFRODAD), 2007

Famine in Malawi: Causes and consequences
Roshni Menon, Human Development Report Office , 2007

Hunger and HIV: From food crisis to integrated care
Claire de Menezes, Susan Thurstans, Pamela Fergusson and Nynke Nutma, ACF International Network, 2007

Is Malawi’s fiscal crisis over? A donor perspective
Alan Whitworth, Department for International Development (DFID), 2007

The 2007 Malawi Millennium Development Goal report
Government of Malawi, 2007

Predictive performance of the 2005 Annual Vulnerability Assessments in Lesotho and Malawi
Regional Hunger & Vulnerability Programme (RHVP), Dec 2006

Cash transfers and social protection: Experiences of the UN World Food Programme
Blessings Mwale and Ian Mashingaidze, World Food Programme (WFP), 9 Oct 2006

Malawi Food Security Update: July 2006
Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET), Jul 2006

2006/2007 Budget statement: Delivered in the National Assembly of Malawi By Honourable Goodall E. Gondwe, MP Minister of Finance
Ministry of Finance, Malawi, 16 Jun 2006

Inside the proposed 2006/2007 National Budget: A pre-budget analysis by Malawi Economic Justice Network (MEJN)
Malawi Economic Justice Network (MEJN), Jun 2006

Strengthening responses to the Triple Threat in the Southern Africa region - learning from field programmes in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia
Joint Project of Concern Worldwide (CW), Oxfam International (OI) and the Southern Africa Regional Poverty Network (SARPN), Jun 2006

The effects, comparative advantages and The effects, comparative advantages and limits of cash transfers in lieu of food transfers in districts worst hit by food insecurity in Malawi: A Case Study for Nsanje and Chikwawa Districts
Blessings Mwale, World Food Programme (WFP), Feb 2006

Community participation in social funds in Malawi and Zambia
Anju Vajja, Howard White, Feb 2006

The right to development, the quality of rural life, and the perfomance of legislative duties during Malawi's first five years of multiparty politics
Garton Kamchedzera and Chikosa Ulendo Banda, Univeristy of Malawi, Faculty of Law, 2006

The human right to food in Malawi: Report of an international fact-finding mission
Carole Samdup, FIAN International, 2006

Malawi - Justice sector and the rule of law
Written and researched by Professor Fidelis Edge Kanyongolo, 2006

Experiences with the development and use of poverty maps: Case study note for Malawi
Contributor: Todd Benson, 2006

Learning to live positively: A key development tool for promoting "treatment preparedness" amongst HIV/AIDS-affected rural communities in Africa
Sam Page, Brice Gbaguidi and Fortunate Nyakanda, CABI UK, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, African Farmers’ Organic Research and Training (AfFOResT), 2006

Speech by HE Dr. Bingu wa Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi delivered to the Scottish Parliament
HE Dr. Bingu wa Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi, 3 Nov 2005

Malawi’s recent fiscal performance and prospects
Alan Whitworth, Nov 2005

Integrated household survey 2004-2005: Volume I, Household socio-economic characteristics
National Statistical Office, Oct 2005

The governance dimensions of food security in Malawi
Caroline Sahley, Bob Groelsema, Tom Marchione and David Nelson, USAID, 20 Sep 2005

Malawi food security update - September 2005
Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET), Sep 2005

Customary land tenure reform and development: A critique of customary land tenure reform under Malawi's National land policy
Chikosa Mozesi Silungwe, Sep 2005

The IMF - Government of Malawi Agreement, 2005-2008
National Action Group Forum, 29 Aug 2005

Malawi: Request for a three-year arrangement under the poverty reduction and growth facility and additional interim assistance under the enhanced initiative for heavily indebted poor countries
International Monetary Fund (IMF), Aug 2005

Strengthening institutional capacity for supporting food, agriculture and natural resources policy formulation and implementation in the SADC region
Southern African Regional Poverty Network (SARPN), Overseas Development Institute (ODI), Food and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), 22 Jul 2005

Analysis of the 2005/06 Health Sector Budget
Malawi Economic Justice Network, Jul 2005

Analysis of the proposed 2005/06 Malawi National Budget
Malawi Economic Justice Network, Jul 2005

Economic Review: Decision time for the National Assembly
First Merchant Bank, 22 Jun 2005

The briefing and formation of the Malawi Parliamentary Coalition on International Financial Institutions
Kelvin Kanswala Banda, ActionAid Malawi, 11 Jun 2005

2005/2006 Budget statement
Goodall Gondwe, Malawi Government, 10 Jun 2005

Delivering on our promises- Budget speech
His Excellency Dr. Bingu Wa Mutharika President of the Republic of Malawi, 6 Jun 2005

Opportunities for Norwegian support to agricultural development in Malawi
Kjell Esser, Ragnar Řygard, Catherine Chibwana, Malcolm Blackie, Noragric - Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Jun 2005

Parliamentary Centre workshop report: microfinance as a strategy for poverty reduction
Parliamentary Centre, 31 May 2005

2005 tax review - private sector submission
Economics Association of Malawi, 15 Apr 2005

World Bank and capacity building in Africa: Malawi, Mozambique case studies
World Bank, Apr 2005

Economic Performance Assessment: Malawi
Bruce Bolnick, Rose Mary Garcia, Alex Greenbaum, Maureen Hinman, Gertrude Mlachila, Nathan Associates, Apr 2005

The Malawi ITN Delivery Model
Population Services International (PSI), Apr 2005

Local government accountability
Robert Kafakoma, Margaret Roka, Patrick Chimutu, Mar 2005

Joint submission to the Malawi Tax Review Team

Malawi Assessment: The impact of HIV/AIDS on household economy in two villages in Salima district
John Seaman and Celia Petty with James Acidri, Save the Children, Feb 2005

Working with the private sector
Dr Bingu Wa Mutharika, Government of Malawi, 2005

Private sector welcomes 2005 Malawi budget statement
The Economics Association of Malawi (ECAMA), The Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), The Society of Accountants in Malawi (SOCAM), 2005

Beyond Inequalites: Women in Malawi
SARDC and the Women In Development Southern Africa Awareness Programme, 2005

Macroeconomic policy choices for growth and poverty reduction: Access to land, growth and poverty reduction in Malawi
Ephraim W. Chirwa, University of Malawi and The North-South Institute (NSI), 2005

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Malawi Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network
Malawi's National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPA)
The 2007 Malawi Millennium Development Goal report
Rapid expansion of treatment and rehabilitation of severely malnourished Malawian children
Fourth and fifth reviews under the three-year arrangement under the poverty reduction and growth facility, and request for waivers of nonobservance of performance criteria

Facing our realities and living within our means in the fight against poverty - Minister of Finance’s budget speech for the 2002/03 budget
The Malawi experience 2001-3
Malawi: The role of parliament in the implementation of the PRSP

Malawi's farm input subsidy: where do we go from here?
14 March 2014, 12:00 pm

Washington:  Malawi’s Farm Input Subsidy Program (FISP) has dominated the agriculture and food security policy landscape in the country since its inception in 2005/06. FISP is now credited - or blamed, depending on one’s viewpoint - for a revival of agricultural input subsidies across Africa as a tool to raise crop productivity and reduce poverty and food insecurity. This follows global reporting about Malawi’s dramatic decline in food insecurity after implementing a subsidy program against expert advice. While historically the debate around the desirability of input subsidies tended to focus on whether short-term gains outweighed the long-term opportunity costs of forgone growth-enhancing investments in infrastructure, research, or extension services, a growing body of literature now questions the ability of these programs to even generate short-term, on-farm benefits that outweigh costs. Although discarding FISP may be political suicide in the short term, anecdotal evidence suggests a gradual but marked shift in Malawian public opinion about the effectiveness or even desirability of FISP.

Dar, Lilongwe set up customs centre
13 March 2014, 12:00 pm

Lilongwe: Tanzania and Malawi have signed an agreement for the establishment of a single customs and immigration centre at the Songwe-Kasumulu border, aimed at boosting trade and cementing bilateral relations between the two countries. Speaking during the signing ceremony, Tanzania's Minister of Finance, Ms Saada Mkuya Salum, said African countries ought to trade between themselves to bring about development growth, rather than depending on unreliable aid from development partners.

Southern Africa Quarterly Review and Analysis: 3rd Quarter 2013
6 March 2014, 12:00 pm

Tunis:  Economic activity in Southern Africa was vibrant during the 3rd quarter as the region remained on course to attain a projected annual average growth rate of 4.4 percent. In Angola strong growth in the non-oil sector continued to boost overall economic activity. Also, planned new gas and oil fields coming on stream are envisaged to drive higher growth. Botswana’s economic recovery continued with increasing activity in all sectors. The economy in Lesotho continued to show resilience, largely supported by an improved performance in diamond mining. Malawi is benefitting from improved investor confidence, which is enhancing the availability of foreign exchange to the economy. Also, Malawi’s tobacco marketing session for the third quarter showed higher sales that further the increased availability of foreign exchange. Growth picked up in Mozambique as the adverse effects of the large floods from the beginning of 2013 continued to subside. Economic growth rebounded in South Africa – albeit significantly below the estimated potential – at the back of expansion in manufacturing activities,. In Swaziland growth continued to improve gradually, largely driven by recovery in manufacturing and construction activities.

Promoting savings among low income individuals in Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa: challenges, opportunities
27 February 2014, 12:00 pm

Johannesburg:  The purpose of this study is to comprehensively document the savings landscape in Lesotho, Malawi and South Africa in order to understand the challenges and opportunities in promoting savings among low income individuals. Oxford Policy Management (OPM), in association with Kadale Consultants (Malawi) Ltd. (Kadale), were engaged by FinMark Trust, in partnership with UNCDF and UNDP in Malawi and Lesotho (through the Support to Financial Inclusion in Lesotho (SUFIL) project) to undertake this analysis.

Malawi: Economic growth projected at 6.1% in 2014
22 February 2014, 12:00 pm

Mzuzu:  Malawi Government says it expects the country's economy to grow by 6.1 per cent this year, following significant progress of programmes under the Economic Recovery Plan (ERP). Minister of Economic Planning and Development, RalphJooma, on Thursday told journalists in Mzuzu during a press briefing by the cabinet committee on ERP, that there is significant progress of Malawi's economy following the implementation of ERP. He said in 2013, Malawi's economy grew by 5.4 per cent as compared to 1.8 per cent growth in 2012.

Growth without borders: a regional growth pole for Southern Africa
10 February 2014, 12:00 pm

Washington:  Several countries in Southern Africa have enormous potential to expand trade and mutually benefit from regional integration, and thus truly achieve 'growth without borders'. At the same time, several African countries are adopting growth pole strategies in order to deepen the economic linkages around the development of their natural resources and improve their competitiveness and connectivity to domestic and international markets. This report stems from economic sector work whose purpose was to identify potential growth poles across Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, and Zimbabwe in three industries, agribusiness, mining, and tourism, that might benefit from improved regional integration.

Climate change and economic growth prospects for Malawi: an uncertainty approach
24 January 2014, 12:00 pm

As one of the world’s poorest countries, Malawi confronts a growth and development imperative, one that must be met within a 21st century context. Climate change marks one salient difference between the previous and current centuries. Based on the best available scientific understanding and combined with an ongoing failure to effectively limit global emissions, this century appears highly likely to be characterized by rising temperatures. At the regional or country level, these temperature increases will be combined with deeply uncertain implications for the timing and quantity of precipitation. Indeed, as pointed out by Quiggin and Horowitz (2003), one of the most profound implications of climate change may be its role as a destroyer of information. In almost any region of the world, decades or even centuries of accumulated knowledge about the nature of local climate may gradually (or even suddenly) cease to be relevant as the fundamental global distribution of climate outcomes evolves. This paper evaluates the potential implications of climate change for Malawi with a focus on overall economic growth and development prospects.

UN and partners launch new project to prevent stunting among children in Malawi
23 January 2014, 12:00 pm

New York:  A new United Nations-backed project is being launched today in Malawi to tackle stunting, which affects nearly one million children under the age of five in the southern African nation. The stunting prevention project is supported by the Government, as well as the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and other members of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) initiative, and funded by the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) at a cost of $10 million. It will be carried out in Ntchisi district in Malawi’s central region and reach 66,000 mothers and children over three-and-a-half years of age, according to a joint WFP/CIFF press release.

Museveni: Mozambique, Malawi should belong to Great Lakes Region
17 January 2014, 12:00 pm

Luanda:  Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni on Wednesday said Mozambique and Malawi should be members of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (CIRGL) because of their 'historic link' with the eastern coast and Africa’s Great Lakes.   President Museveni, the outgoing chairman of the CIRGL, was speaking at the opening session of the 5th ordinary summit of heads of State and government from the Great Lakes Region on Wednesday in the Angolan capital, Luanda. He called for cooperation between peoples and nations from the region by promoting peace and development, adding that it was important to build infrastructure, like roads, railways and electricity for economic growth.

USAID Malawi country development cooperation strategy 2013–2018
17 January 2014, 12:00 pm

Washington: 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.

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