Malawi - Protection of Basic Services Programme

Project Summary

Approval Date 29 Apr 2015
Signature Date 08 Jun 2015
Planned Completion Date 30 Dec 2018
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Jun 2019
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Social
DAC Sector Code 11330
Environmental Category 3
Commitment U.A 19,000,000
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Malawi Protection of Basic Services (PBS) program is a single tranche Sector Budget Support PBO with a cost estimate of UA 19.00 million. This is a Sector Budget Support (SBS) programme designed in response to Government of Malawi (GoM) request received in November 2014 to protect critical expenditures in social sector (health, education and social protection) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014/15 following the withdrawal of Development Partner budget support from FY2013/14. It will be the first Sector Budget Support to be provided to the GoM by the Bank. It was jointly designed with the Government in consultations with Development Partners (DPs), IMF and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). The resources provided by the Bank will contribute to the sustenance of the provision of basic social services in the education and health subsectors in particular. Through PBS, the government will be able to sustain spending in the social sector and ensure continued delivery of basic services especially to the poor and vulnerable and also in rural/hard to reach areas in the current tighten fiscal context. Therefore, the programme outcomes include: (i) improved health and education; and (ii) increased ability to cope with external shocks by the poor.

Project Objectives

The PBS overall goal is to sustain delivery of basic services and improved value for money through strengthened accountability in the social sector. Specifically, PBS will contribute to the government objective of expanding access and improving the quality of basic services by ensuring adequate staffing and operations; increased availability of learning and teaching materials and drugs, strengthening accountability and financial management in the social sector at central and local levels.


The Malawi population will benefit as a whole from the Programme. The programme will support the government to sustain the provision of education and health services to poor and vulnerable (about 50.7% of the population) who rely on public services; as well as ensuring available of teaching and learning materials for primary and secondary schools, drugs, hospital equipment and supplies, and specialised training for health staff. The poor and vulnerable will be able to benefit from social protection programmes including public works and school cash transfers.This operation will assist the country to ensure that the gains made so far towards the achievement of MDG targets on poverty alleviation, gender equality, education and health are sustained.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Ministry of Finance


IATI identifier 46002-P-MW-IE0-005
Last Update 26 Jan 2023


Contact Details

Name BESONG Raymond Eyoh

Geographic Location

Country Malawi
Coordinates Location Name
-13.9669 33.7872 Lilongwe