Malawi COVID-19 Socio-Economic Recovery Plan 2021-2023 – Malawi


COVID-19 poses real risks to the achievement of Malawi’s national development aspirations as adopted in the new Long Term Development Vision, Malawi 2063 (MW2063); as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition to declining economic activities and growth rates, threats from COVID-19 include erosion of national institutional capacities; reversal of recent achievements in health and education; and the reversal of private sector trade and investment flows, which had improved in recent years. In addition, social insecurity has increased, with developments exposing various deficiencies in the health system that urgently need to be addressed. In addition, with a large number of job losses in the formal sector, the informal sector has ceased to play an effective shock-absorbing role for alternative livelihoods, as the latter has not been spared by the decline induced by COVID-19.

Against the background of international best practice, the Socio-Economic Recovery Plan (SERP) was developed through a broad, evidence-based consultative process that drew on recent studies on the impact of COVID-19 and ripple effects. The consultative process included information, data and insight on the pandemic provided by state and non-state actors. Sector experts and other central government experts have identified remedial priorities under the SERP. Accordingly, the SERP supports and aligns with the following existing frameworks and plans: (a) MW2063; (b) Malawi First Ten Year Implementation Plan 2063 (MIP-1); (c) United Nations Framework for the Immediate Socio-Economic Response to COVID-19; (d) National COVID-19 preparedness and response plan; (e) Strategic plan for preparedness and response of the World Health Organization at the global level; and (f) the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The SERP also recognizes that recovery from COVID-19 will require collaborative and multidimensional efforts; coordinated action between local communities; civil society; private sector; micro, small and medium enterprises; informal sector; and national and local government structures. This collaboration will facilitate recovery in the health sector and other severely affected sectors; and face the many socio-economic challenges encountered, while bearing in mind the specific needs and roles of women, youth, people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups who bear the brunt of the combined effect of COVID -19.

Overall, the goal of the SERP, which covers the period 2021-2023, is to strengthen the capacity of Malawi and its people to effectively recover and better rebuild after the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. ; and facilitate the transition to the effective implementation and realization of its development aspirations, as set out in MW2063. As such, the SERP prioritizes interventions within MIP-1, which would help accelerate recovery. One of the key principles of the SERP is the establishment of interventions (in particular economic infrastructure) that have a high probability of stimulating private sector investments capable of optimizing production for local and export markets, thus creating jobs and stabilizing prices, in particular imported inflation, on a sustainable basis.