Malawi’s economy is small and largely dependent on rain-fed agriculture, with a narrow export base. Current GDP per capita of $327 is only double what it was at independence. As a result, Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world and ranks 171 out of 189 in the Human Development Index, with 70% of the population below the ($1.90) poverty line. Weak growth, environmental degradation and limited connectivity with the region over recent decades have left the country vulnerable to climatic shocks and demographic challenges. UK aid is addressing these issues through our three priorities:

Top priorities

  • Supporting Government accountability, through increasing transparency and challenging corruption.
  • Breaking the cycle of humanitarian crises by increasing the resilience of poor Malawians, and making the economy more diverse and productive.
  • Preparing Malawi for the future by building human capital, accelerating the demographic transition, and tackling the environmental crisis.

Further resources

FCDO Operational Plan for Malawi
Malawi page on GOV.UK website

Note: Many country summaries were written prior to the creation of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, and are being incrementally refreshed.
Disclaimer: Country borders do not necessarily reflect the UK Government's official position.

Top projects in Malawi

People with access to financial services as a result of DFID support.


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Children supported to gain a decent education.


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Women and girls using modern methods of family planning through DFID support.


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People reached with humanitarian assistance (food aid, cash and voucher transfers) through DFID support.


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Children under 5, women (of childbearing age) and adolescent girls reached by DFID through nutrition-related interventions.


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People with sustainable access to clean water and/or sanitation through DFID support.


2015 - 2020 Source Information

Sectors and budgets in Malawi

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Sectors groups as a percentage of country budgets according to the Development Assistance Committee's classifications.


Programme budget total by year approved at the Programme level to date.

Current finacial year - 2024/2025 £56.2M

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