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GIZ has been working in Malawi on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) for more than 30 years. Malawi is a priority partner country for German international development cooperation.

GIZ has maintained an office in Lilongwe since 1998. Currently 131 national and 44 international employees and 22 development workers are working in the country (as of 31.12.2017).

Under the Constitution adopted in 1995, Malawi is a presidential republic with a multi-party political system. Five governments have been elected since 1995. The current president is Professor Peter Mutharika.

With an annual per capita income of EUR 230, Malawi is one of the world’s poorest and least-developed countries. It ranks 173rd out of 188 countries in the UN’s Human Development Index (2015). Around 16 million people live in Malawi, and its population is growing rapidly, posing major problems for the country with regard to food security and the provision of social services. Other constraints on development in Malawi are its unequal income distribution, poor access to education and primary health care, and a very high prevalence of HIV/AIDS.

The present Government is working to reduce poverty and pursuing broad-based economic development policies. All its development measures are based on the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy. GIZ is working with local and international partners to reduce poverty, achieve long-term improvements in basis education and health care, and promote the private sector.

Malawian-German cooperation currently focuses on three priority areas: education, health and development of the private sector in rural areas. GIZ is also working on behalf of BMZ in the areas of public finance administration and social security.