Investing in social protection and resilience in the face of global shocks

Social protection budget brief

A mother and child in Chikwawa
UNICEF Malawi/2021/HD Plus


Poverty remains high in Malawi, with over half (50.7%) of the population living below the poverty line while 20.5% are extremely poor. Amid recurring climatic and economic shocks, the demand for social protection services has become stronger. Based on an increasing body of evidence pointing at the positive impact that social assistance has had in Malawi, the region and beyond1, government is encouraged to continue investing in and supporting the expansion and comprehensiveness of social protection programmes in both rural and urban areas, ensuring they effectively target and adequately address needs and vulnerabilities across the lifecycle, in line with the Malawi National Social Support Programme (MNSSP II) and Vision 2063. In addition, Government and Development Partners are encouraged to further the integration between social protection, the humanitarian and the disaster risk management sectors in response to shocks and stresses, through the roll out of a fully shock-sensitive social protection system.
The Government of Malawi with support from UNICEF
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