- Government of Malawi integrated the SDGs into its national development planning
framework, the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS III). This process
cascaded to the local development planning process including the indicator frameworks in
order to customise the global indicators. Progress reporting on SDGs hence happens in the
context of district and national plans.
2.0 Country ownership
- The development planning process in Malawi is highly participatory. The Post 2015
consultation process helped Malawi to effectively input into the formulation of the SDGs.
SDGs were translated into 3 main local languages to increase awareness at subnational level;
- In reviewing SDGs progress for the VNR, Malawi engaged a multi-stakeholder technical
and steering committee that comprised state, non-state actors and umbrella bodies. These
met and harnessed inputs from their constituents, mostly employing virtual means amidst
3.0 Leaving no one behind
- Malawi is implementing the National Social Support Programme II (2018-2023) which has
seen the expansion of social support provision nationwide with mechanism for scaling-up
- Malawi implements the Agenda 2030 through promoting human rights standards in a
manner consistent with its commitments under international law. Malawi ensures protection
and fulfilment of rights of everyone in its jurisdiction, with a focus on the most vulnerable;
- Malawi prioritizes collection of disaggregated data in order to better identify the most
disadvantaged and vulnerable groups of people. These include the multidimensional poverty
analyses, integrated HH surveys, and Population and Housing Census;
- Malawi has increased efforts towards the elimination of violence against women and
children through such interventions as the Spotlight Initiative whereby girls and women that
are at risk of violence are able to access essential services including sexual and reproductive
health and there is accountability for perpetrators of violence.
4.0 Institutional mechanisms
- Malawi has recently established the National Planning Commission that domesticates SDGs
in the national vision and medium-term development plans that ensue at all levels as well as
overseeing their implementation;
- Malawi is strengthening Sector Working Groups to facilitate quick realisation of
development objectives through sector-wide approaches to planning, implementation and
monitoring of various development policies.
5.0 progress on Goals and Targets
- Malawi is making significant progress on 29 of the 169 targets especially around SDG 3
and SDG4 (on health and education respectively); moderate and poor progress is being made
on 59 and 81 of the targets respectively; the 29 targets that are progressing well include
significant decline on under-five mortality rates; Gender parity in primary schools already
equal to parity; Net Enrolment in Primary Schools is close to target;
- Malawi is experiencing insufficient long-term progress on SDG 1 relating to poverty
eradication whose targets are showing negative trends due to recurring disasters and
insufficient investment in empowerment activities. However, even though over half of the
population lives below the poverty line, the rate of extreme poverty has significantly
improved. Relatedly, child marriage remains high affecting 42% of girls.
6.0 Means of implementation
- Malawi’s partners have rallied their support towards national development objectives
through alignment of their country assistance strategies. However, an increase in support
towards productive sectors is required;
- Malawi encourages stakeholder engagement and support for predictable financing
mechanisms and enhanced M&E on SDGs, and ensuring that CSOs are particularly
empowered in this direction.
- Malawi is committed to increase coordination, accountability and transparency in resource
use among stakeholders through utilisation of the Aid Management Platform (AMP).
7.0 Data management
- Malawi has developed a National Statistical System Strategic Plan (2020-2023) to ensure
evidence-based planning and timely availability of official statistics for monitoring and
evaluation of MGDS III and SDGs.
8.0 Key challenges
- Largely, social inequalities and ineffective monitoring and evaluation systems for
accountability are posing a challenge in realising the SDGs targets;
- A prolonged global and national economic slow-down caused by COVID-19 will adversely
impact progress in implementation of SDGs since there is diversion of focus and resources
from national development priorities towards containing the spread of the pandemic.
9.0 Way forward to accelerate SDG implementation
- Guiding external support towards building domestic capacity for revenue mobilization
including for containing COVID-19, specific priority sector implementation capacity
support, and fighting corruption which erodes implementation resources.