The European Union has allocated €39 million to mitigate the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in Malawi. The funding will address the increasing needs of vulnerable parts of the population in the field of nutrition and social protection, including pregnant women and children.
Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic risks wiping out in many countries any progress made in human development over the recent years. Together, as part of our Team Europe response, we are allocating €39 million to Malawi to boost nutrition and social protection among particularly vulnerable communities. As a former teacher myself, I am proud that, through this contribution, 280,000 pupils will be able to continue accessing school meals. This is key for their development and to their education.”
Malawi is a landlocked country with one of the highest demographic growth rates in Southern Africa. High poverty is driven by several challenges, including low productivity, limited diversification of the agriculture sector, volatile economic growth, depletion of natural resources, and limited coverage of social protection programmes.
In order to address these challenges, EU support to Malawi €600 million for the period 2014-2020, focuses on three pillars: stimulating agriculture-driven growth and economic development, addressing the key weaknesses in domestic accountability to ensure stability in the country and supporting the most vulnerable against recurring shocks.