Malawi fears over US aid freeze

United States (US) President Donald Trump’s administration order for  a review of foreign aid would affect Malawi which could lose $15 million (about K11.7 billion).

Trump has proposed steep cuts in foreign aid in all of his budget requests

According to The Washington Post, Trump’s administration has notified the U.S. Agency for International Development (Usaid) of  the freeze which lists eight areas that cover a variety of assistance among them: international organizations; peacekeeping operations and activities; international narcotics control and law enforcement; development aid; economic support funding and global health programs.

Malawi could lose funds allocated to development projects funded through Usaid and the State Department, respectively.

Trump has proposed steep cuts in foreign aid in all of his budget requests.

The US—Malawi’s largest bilateral donor that forks out at least $400 million annually into the country—is currently one of the major sources of funding for family planning in Malawi, a country that is grappling with a rising population crisis.

Limited resources and a larger population puts pressures on the resources that exist. More people means more mouths to feed, more health care and education services to provide, and so forth.

Usaid is also one of Malawi’s prominent donors in the health sector and is funding the campaign to combat cervical cancer.

The US agency is also collaborating with Malawi government in the Secvondary  Education Expansion for Development  (Seed) programme designed to accommodate  female students who graduate from primary school but are unable to continue with secondary education due to lack of space.

The country is also currently eligible for  a second  Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) compact after the successful completion of the $350.7 million energy project.

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Mandado@147
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A wise leader uses taxpayers money to develop the nation and the aid would have cut expenses in health, education and other sectors so you channel more money to energy, tourism development and agriculture but aphumbwa loot shamelessly in daylight the donors have to stop funding directly to the govt. now they even wont to stop entirely Malawi will be the new Zimbabwe you’ll even have to re-use condoms if we really going that road with this tippex govt malawi will suffer!!!

President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza
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President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza

Malawi does not need aid, it needs intelligent and wise leader to remove the country from donor dependency, we have a lake we can do irrigation and tourism, minerals like uranium, gold, rare earth, and oil. Then we continue begging. We just need a strategist to start taking this country to another level.

Jet Lee
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Jet Lee

Very true

Kholowa
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Kholowa

If the malawi govmnt can afford to fund useless/personal trips of the presidents wives that means we dont need aid, those monies can be used to fund developments on the ground. Only that we priotise kuba basi. Find out how rich kamuzu was, bakili and that thief bingu. And gues this presnt one you will be shocked. Malawi doesnt need aid but deserve a revolution, politicians needs to respect pipo not like their toilet tissues!

4444 Nooo
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4444 Nooo

U smoked out Viginia Pama,munna,munyela,

Mangochi Kabwafu
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Mangochi Kabwafu

Good. Kumangokhalira kupemphetsa basi. Stop being lazy and work hard. Mukhala choncho ndi ma tribalism, nepotism ndi ma QUOTA anuwo while others are developing. Zikhalirani kubako. Bravo Mr Trump and cut the entire aid.

Ada Banda
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Ada Banda

Wake up people! Aid and development to go together. It’s either we choose aid and accept our poverty forever, or forget about aid and start using our brains to propel ourselves forward. No country has ever developed because of aid. It’s high time we put our lazy grey matter to work! Big up Trump

President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza
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President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza

I choose to differ with Ada Banda, After wwii, German ND OTHER Parts of Europe were devastated, came marshal plan from the US for European recovery, the difference is that within short time Germany stood on its own, but Malawi fifty years after independence is clinging to aid without any development. Israel is another developed country which knows to utilize US aid