Malawi - Women in Development (WID) Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 29 Oct 1992
Signature Date 05 Mar 1993
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2001
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2002
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Social
DAC Sector Code 11231
Environmental Category 3
Commitment U.A 4,996,859.38
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Women in Development (WID) project was approved in October 1992 in order to respond to the need to improve the socio-economic well-being of Malawians especially the rural Malawian women. The WID Project is critical in creating opportunities for improving the livelihood of Malawian women and also in enhancing GOM’s ability to create an enabling environment for this to happen. It aims at strengthening and building the capacities of rural women in adult literacy and income generation aspects. To this effect, the project adopted a two-pronged approach in addressing these limitations: (i) by reducing the adult illiteracy among rural women. To facilitate this, training of trainers courses will be organized by the project for key field staff including Community Development Assistants (CDAs) and literacy instructors. and (ii) by equipping them with functional and business development skills with credit support for undertaking income generating activities. The project will also permit for the provision of adequate logistical support, such as learning materials, vehicles and motor cycles to the field staff so that they can carry out their roles in an effective and efficient way. In addition, the capacities of concerned Government Departments will be targeted for strengthening for the creation of enabling environment women empowerment and the long-term sustainability of the project’s interventions.

Project Objectives

The major objective of the project is to support WID structures in Malawi with a view to assisting women at the grass-roots level in 8 districts to undertake IGAs for increasing their standard of living. The development objective is to promote women’s participation in economic-oriented development activities so as to elevate their socioeconomic status and the well-being of their households.


The project will permit to: (a) extend Functional Literacy with a total of 224 literacy instructors appointed and trained as well as more than 5,000 women attended literacy classes; (b) improve access for rural women to Income Generating Activities (IGAs) with 222 groups, comprising of 2,664 members trained to undertake join income generating activities; (c) concerned Government Departments capacities strengthening for the creation of enabling environment women empowerment and the long-term sustainability of the project’s interventions.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Government Of Malawi
Ministry of Gender, Child Welfare and Community Services


IATI identifier 46002-P-MW-I00-001
Last Update 16 May 2021


Contact Details

Name BALDEH Yero H.J.

Geographic Location

Country Malawi