US announces 158 million USD developmental support to Malawi

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) global administrator, Samantha Power, on Saturday, announced a 158 United States dollars support to Malawi towards enhancing democracy and developmental goals.

Power said this when she had an audience with President Lazarus Chakwera at the Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe.

She said the support is aimed at strengthening democratic institutions and local governance, spurring economic growth, and improving early grade reading and nutrition in the country.

According to Power, the United States and other countries do recognize the strides the country’s leadership is registering in enhancing democracy and the rule of law, citing the way the country handles its general elections and strategies in the fight against corruption.

US Ambassador to Malawi, David Young (R), confers with the visiting USAID Global Administrator, Samantha Power (L)   Pic. By Kondwani Magombo _ Mana

She said good democratic systems are key enablers of socio-economic development saying Malawi is on the right direction despite the current global challenges.

Said Power: “It is very encouraging to see the government and people in Malawi very committed in the fight against corruption and providing checks and balances to those in authorities on the pathway to realizing Malawi’s vision 2063.”

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nancy Tembo, said the initiatives will go a long way in facilitating developmental processes in the country.

She said the coming of the USAID global administrator to Malawi, clearly indicates the trust and commitment they have towards Malawi.

“As you have heard, Malawi is being noticed out there as a beacon of democracy and championing of human rights. We are glad to get such support from USAID which is going to help in job creation through agricultural commercialization and value addition among other things,” said Tembo.

Chakwera (L) hand-shakes USAID Global Administrator, Samantha Power (R), after the meeting  Pic. By Kondwani Magombo _ Mana

The money will go towards strengthening democratic systems in the country under a 5-year ‘strengthening parliament’s role in Malawi’s development project, economic recovery project focusing on empowering women and youth, expanding agricultural commercialization, increasing household resilience, and addressing impacts of climate change.

Part of the money will also be used to enhance early grade reading in all primary schools across the country and also improve nutrition respectively.

Apart from meeting President Chakwera, the USAID Administrator who also visited Zambia on similar engagements, will also meet anti-corruption leaders on their efforts to enhance government transparency and increase accountability to the citizenry among other activities.