Malawi - Competitiveness and Job Creation Support Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 16 Dec 2011
Signature Date 15 Mar 2012
Planned Completion Date 31 Mar 2019
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Mar 2019
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Social
DAC Sector Code 11330
Environmental Category 3
Commitment U.A 9,998,630.98
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Competitiveness and Job Creation Support Project is a standalone operation designed to strengthen the partnership between the public and private sectors. It involves the public sector and private sector working together to improve the private sector's competitiveness in order to promote broad-based economic growth and development, export diversification and job creation. The public sector provides incentives to private sector operators to develop innovative approaches to improve the inclusiveness of growth and competitiveness in the private sector. This project will contribute to the reduction of poverty and vulnerability to socioeconomic shocks in Malawi. Its total cost is UA 11.18 million over a five-year period.

Project Objectives

The strategic outcomes of the project include: (a) increased private credit by commercial banks from 8.9% in 2009 to 12% in 2016, to address the most important binding constraint to Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) development in Malawi; (b) increased export diversification with an increased percentage of non-traditional exports in total exports from 10.7% in 2009 to 14% in 2016, and a reduced reliance on the key export crop, tobacco; and (c) promoting MSME development and private sector job creation growth by 2,000 jobs (including 50% for women and 25% for youth), and an increase of 15% of the 20,000 existing pulse farmers' income in target areas (including 50% for women and 25% for youth by 2016).


The project's primary target beneficiaries are operators of Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) and small-holder farmers in the soya and pigeon pea subsectors. For greater focus and impact in the development of the selected value chains, the project will target about 75.000 (50% women) farmers in the 10 soya bean and pigeon pea growing districts of Mzimba, Kasungu, Ntchisi, Dowa, Lilongwe Rural, Dedza, Zomba Rural, Chiradzulu, Thyolo and Mulanje. At the MSME level, at least 160 businesses will benefit from various forms of support including business-to business linkages, access to finance and mentoring, and counselling services. The criteria for selecting beneficiary MSMEs will include innovation, growth and job-creation potential, track record, gender balance and geographic spread.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Ministry of Industry and Trade


IATI identifier 46002-P-MW-IE0-004
Last Update 15 Apr 2021


Contact Details

Name BESONG Raymond Eyoh

Geographic Location

Country Malawi
Coordinates Location Name
-15.4301 35.4183 zomba District
-13.2957 33.908 Ntchisi District
-11.8543 33.6078 Mzimba District
-15.9344 35.4999 Mulanje District
-14.0196 33.6841 Lilongwe District
-13 33.4167 Kasungu District
-13.601 33.8238 Dowa District
-14.2627 34.1856 Dedza District
-16.1058 35.1506 Thyolo District
-15.7527 35.2158 Chiradzulu District