Review of Social Protection Instruments in Malawi

Published on 1 February 2006

A desk study for DFID Malawi

A striking feature of social protection in Malawi is how many different programmes and policies have been implemented in recent years, yet the evidence that vulnerability is rising rather than falling suggests that these interventions are not adding up.1 The purpose of this desk review is to synthesise current thinking and available evidence on the relative effectiveness of various types of social protection interventions, and to examine the achievements of programmes actually implemented in Malawi. This paper combines a review of comparative international experiences and findings from evaluations in Malawi. The objective is to contribute to an informed debate on developing an optimal package of social protection measures for vulnerable Malawians.


Stephen Devereux

Research Fellow


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Programmes and centres
Centre for Social Protection

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