In a true display of confidence in how President Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera is governing state affairs, the United States Agency for International Development (USAid) has granted Malawi US$158 million to boost economic growth, strengthen democracy and improve Early Grade Literacy and Nutrition in Malawi.
The support comes as a result of various engagements government officials have been having with USAid including one in March this year between the agency’s Administrator, Samantha Power, in Washington DC.
Ms. Power led the delegation that announced the investment package to the President at Kamuzu Palace on July 2, 2022 where she reaffirmed USAid’s commitment to continue supporting Malawi’s efforts in the attainment of sustainable livelihoods for its citizens.
Of the package, US$11.7 million will be channeled towards consolidation of democracy via a project that will provide expertise in legislative analysis and drafting, and support Parliamentary oversight actions such as independent inquiries, depositions, and public hearings.
USAid will also implement NextGen, a $74 million early reading project in over 5,700 public primary schools to support Malawi’s vision for early grade literacy.
Malawi will also receive $46 million support towards the National Multi-Sector Nutrition Policy through a five-year initiative known as Improving Nutrition Let Them Grow Healthy (Tiwalere).
In supporting Malawi to recover economically in the post-Covid19 era, the agency will invest $35 million, subject to appropriations, in a five-year project to support Malawi’s economic recovery.