USAID launches US$700m 5-year strategy for Malawi: Updated

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)  has launched a Country Development Cooperation Strategy (2013-2018) for Malawi which will see it pump US$700m (ab0ut K300 billion)  support to facilitate development projects.

US Ambassador to Malawi Jeanine Jackson said at the launch at Ufulu Gardens in Lilongwe that the money is meant to empower the locals so that they become economically independent.

The money which has been donated under the banner Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) is first expected to benefit the districts of Lilongwe, Mchinji and Balaka, according to Jackson.

From left to right Ambassador Jeanine Jackson, Minister of Finannce Maxwell Mkwezala ... nd USAID Malawi Country Rep Doug Arbuckle hold hands after signing the agreement

From left to right Ambassador Jeanine Jackson, Minister of Finannce Maxwell Mkwezala … nd USAID Malawi Country Rep Doug Arbuckle hold hands after signing the agreement

Ambassador Jackson however cautioned on the threat of corruption undermining Malawi’s development.

She said it is the responsibility of Malawi government to ensure “accountability” and every Malawian” to demand it” saying citizens should be “part of the solution.”

USAID works with host governments through what are called Bi-lateral Agreements signed by representatives of both governments (Malawi and the U.S.).
These agreements are implemented by Non-Governmental Organizations, which receive awards of a particular project or a program. Throughout the project cycle, USAID pays close attention to issues of transparency, accountability and general oversight.

The overall goal of USAID assistance is to “improve the lives of Malawians” by focusing on programmes and activities to improve social development. Increase sustainable livelihoods and encourages citizens to exercise their rights and responsibilities.

Minister of Finance Maxwell Mkwezalamba commended USAID for the support to the country.

 

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