BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)-United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced the provision of US$158 million (MK158 billion) to Malawi Government to help boosting economic growth, strengthen democracy and improve Early Grade Literacy and Nutrition.

Chakwera smiles at USAID financial support

This was said by the USAID Global Administrator Samantha Power during his dialogue with President Lazarus Chakwera at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe on Saturday July 2,2022.

The support comes as a result of various engagements the government has had with USAID, including one Chakwera held in Washington DC with Power four months ago.

Writing on his facebook wall, President Chakwera said of the package, US$11.7 million (MK11.7 billion) will be channeled towards consolidation of democracy via a project providing expertise in legislative analysis and drafting, and support Parliamentary oversight actions such as independent inquiries, depositions, and public hearings.

He disclosed that the Agency will also implement NextGen, a US$74 million (MK74 billion) early reading project in over 5, 700 public primary schools to support Malawi’s vision for early grade literacy.

“We will also get US$46 million ( MK46 billion) support towards our National Multi-Sector Nutrition Policy through a five-year initiative known as Improving Nutrition, Let Them Grow Health ( Tiwale),” wrote Chakwera.

He said in trying to get the country back on track economically, the Agency will invest $35 million ( MK35 billion), subject to appropriations in a five-year project to support Malawi’s economic recovery.

” I am also delighted to learn that the USAID economic support package will complement another upcoming US Government initiative, the Millennium Challenge Account, whose compact aims are at reducing poverty through economic growth,” said Chakwera.

USAID Global Administrator Samantha Power hailed Malawi for showing commitment to the fight against corruption.

She said USAID is committed to assisting Malawi in its economic recovery drive.

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