DFID Malawi Profile: July 2018
The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s global efforts to end extreme poverty, deliver the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs) and tackle a wide range of global development challenges. The UK’s focus and international leadership on economic development is a vital part of Global Britain - harnessing the potential of new trade relationships, creating jobs and channelling investment to the world’s poorest countries. Throughout history, sustained, job-creating growth has played the greatest role in lifting huge numbers of people out of grinding poverty. This is what developing countries want and is what the international system needs to help deliver. Whilst there is an urgent need for traditional aid in many parts of the world, ultimately economic development is how we will achieve the Global Goals and help countries move beyond the need for aid.
Contribution to the Global Goals and other government commitments (achieved as at March 2018)
- 176 thousand children supported to gain a decent education
- 415 thousand people with sustainable access to clean water and/or sanitation
- 354 thousand children under 5, women and adolescent girls reached through nutrition related interventions
- 525 thousand additional women and girls using modern methods of family planning
- Building resilience to crises: By 2020, we will support Malawi to break the yearly cycle of hunger and humanitarian crises that threatens the lives and livelihoods of over 6 million people. We support government of Malawi reforms to improve food security, including reforming its maize markets. We will leverage greater results through the United Nations (UN) and International Financial Institutions.
- Women and girls: We are prioritising the poorest and most vulnerable, including girls and women and those living with disabilities. By 2020, the UK’s work to tackle violence against women and girls will have reduced the number of those suffering from violence; and it will have improved support services for victims.
- Building institutions and economic development: UK aid investments, UK partnerships and UK political influence combine to support greater transparency and accountability, tackle corruption head on, and focus on stronger growth and trade, jobs and incomes - especially through agribusiness.