Malawi - Statistical Capacity Building to Conduct Economic Census Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 05 Jul 2017
Signature Date 03 Nov 2017
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2019
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2019
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Multi-Sector
DAC Sector Code 11330
Commitment U.A 760,000
Status Completion

Project General Description

The project is to assist the Government of Malawi through the National Statistical Office to build their capacity for conducting an economic census. This support builds on the achievements of capacity development of the national statistical system financed by the Government of Malawi with coordinated support from development partners including the AfDB. The support will focus on (i) field data collection and data capture, processing, editing and tabulation; and (ii) in-depth thematic analysis and reports dissemination, as well as (iii) accessing reliable data for policy and decision making, development planning and monitoring. Otherwise, the project will help the Government to generate reliable data from a sufficiently representative sample of enterprises and other institutional sectors that will enable production of thematic reports on production, consumption, investment and other -economic variables. The total cost of the project is estimated at UA 0.91 million, net of taxes and duties. The Bank will provide UA 0.76 Million from the ADF 13 Grant allocation for Malawi.

Project Objectives

Overall, the project will improve the quality and coverage of official statistics produced by Malawi’s national statistical system. This will contribute to more effective economic management and planning, better SDGs and poverty monitoring, informed evidence-based policymaking, as well as improvements in the design of future Bank projects.


Direct beneficiaries will be the producers and users of official statistics, including the National Statistical Office, other statistical agencies, national policy makers, businesses and investors, researchers and analysts, citizens of Malawi and institutions development at the national level, as well as regional organizations and the Bank.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Government of Republic of Malawi
Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning and Development through the National Statistics Office


IATI identifier 46002-P-MW-K00-007
Last Update 26 Jan 2023


Contact Details

Name BAHEMUKA Stephen Gahwera

Geographic Location

Country Malawi
Coordinates Location Name
-13.9669 33.7872 Lilongwe