Malawi

Off to work in the fields. Mnembo, Bvumbwe, Malawi. Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith
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Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world – ranked 153 of 169 countries (Human Development Index/UN 2010), with a population of over 13 million (2008 Census), and a per capita income of $911 in 2008-2009 (Human Development Report, UN 2010).

Over half of Malawi’s population still live below the poverty line – earning less than $1 per day.

Oxfam has worked in Malawi for over 20 years. Our program has evolved from Oxfam working directly with communities and helping local organizations to get established, to a more self-sustaining 'partner-led' approach. We work in the districts of Phalombe and Thyolo, and in Blantyre, Chiradzulu and Balaka.

The focus of our work in Malawi is on enabling poor people to achieve their rights in the following key areas:

  • helping people to earn a sustainable living;
  • ensuring that people with HIV and AIDS have access to essential services; and
  • helping communities to prepare for and respond to humanitarian emergencies.

We strive to ensure that women are treated equally and empowered to succeed in all areas of our work.

We have high expectations and governance processes in place to enable Oxfam to deliver results and demonstrate accountability to the people and stakeholders with whom we work.

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