Malawi - Skills Development and Income Generation Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 16 Jan 2002
Signature Date 05 Aug 2002
Planned Completion Date 30 Oct 2009
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Oct 2009
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Social
DAC Sector Code 11231
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 9,534,334.18
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Skills Development And Income Generation Project is part of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Process, which should serve to provide a blue print for poverty reduction activities. It should support the operationalization of the Government poverty reduction strategy through the provision functional literacy, basic business management, skills development training and improved access to micro-finance to enhance the ability of groups of poor rural women and youth to engage in viable small scale income generating activities. The project should also improve access to micro-credit services to enable the beneficiaries to utilize the acquired life skills to engage in income generation activities. Furthermore, support should be provided for the institutional strengthening of the Government agencies relevant for the execution of the project and that of the project’s management facility. The project components are as follows: (i) Functional Literacy; (ii) Basic Business Management; (iii) Vocational and Skills Development Training; (iv) Institutional Strengthening; (v) Micro-finance Scheme and (vi) Project Management.

Project Objectives

The sector goal of the project is to contribute to Government efforts to reduce poverty through human development. The objective of the project is to improve the capacity of the poor to actively participate in broad-based sustainable economic activities in Malawi.


The project should serve poor communities in ten selected districts in the three regions of Malawi. The are; Dowa, Ntchisi, Ntcheu and Salima, (Central region); Balaka, Machinga, Chikwawa and Mwanza, (Southern region); and Chitipa and Karonga, (Northern region). These districts have been selected because the data poverty variations in districts indicate that they are amongst the poorest in the country with the highest population with incomes below the poverty line of 40th percentile.

Participating Organization

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


IATI identifier 46002-P-MW-I00-002
Last Update 19 Jan 2021


Contact Details

Name BALDEH Yero H.J.

Geographic Location

Country Malawi