Government of Malawi

The Scotland Malawi Partnership asks all its members to ensure their work in and with Malawi compliments the policies and priorities of the Government of Malawi. This is an important concept, at the very heart of the Paris Declaration of Aid Effectiveness and the Partnership's own Partnership Principles.

Specifically, we ask that all Scotland-Malawi initiatives:


1. Compliment the Government of Malawi's overarching Malawi Growth and Development Strategy II.

Download the MGDS II

If you have any questions, or would like assistance engaging the MGDSII, please do email us. In 2015 the SMP will be collating information on overall Scottish impact against the MGDSII and we ask for our members' help in collecting this information.

The Malawi Growth and Development Strategy II (MDGS II) is the overarching medium term strategy for Malawi designed to attain Malawis' long term aspirations as spelt out in its Vision 2020.

The purpose of the MGDS II is to serve as a single reference document for policy makers in Government; the Private Sector; Civil Society Organisations; donors and partners, and the general public relating to socio-economic growth and development priorities for Malawi. The Government of Malawi spearheads the implementation process, with key stakeholders complementing its efforts by aligning and harmonizing their own programmes and activities to in line with the MGDS' priorities. The strategy covers a period of five years from 2011 to 2016. It follows the successful implementation of the country's medium term strategy, the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS) between 2006 and 2011. The objective of MGDS II is to continue reducing poverty through sustainable economic growth and infrastructure development.

The Malawian Parliament is situated in Lilongwe. Click here to visit its website. 


2. Compliment specific policies within the relevant Ministry of the Government of Malawi (e.g. health, education etc).

Policies we know of are available on the our website under 'Government Publications' do email us if you know of any others. If you have any questions or want support on this please contact us.

3. Contact your local District Commissioner to find out about district-level planning structures and priorities, and how best you can connect with other stakeholders locally.

This one is really key.

Download the contact details for all the District Commissioners (DCs) and/or CEOs.

Let us know if any of these are out of date or if you're not able to make contact and we can help putting you in contact. We also have phone numbers for each of the DCs which are available on request. 

After a number of years of delay in 2014 Malawi voted in local government officials. There has been some devolution of authority from central government to district assemblies in the delivery of public services such as health, education, natural resources, or community services and the process is still underway.

Decentralization is one of the strategies and objectives of the Malawian government under the 2020 Vision, as well as the National Decentralisation Programme I and II. The central government provides the majority of the funding for local assemblies (60%), followed by revenues from property rates and rents (20%). Each district also develops its own District Development Plan, which prioritises specific development issues pertinent to the area.