Quick facts

  • 18.6 million people
  • 71.4% living on less than USD $1.90 / day
  • 37.5% of women have experienced intimate partner violence

Tourist brochures have long proclaimed Malawi as ‘the warm heart of Africa’, with friendly locals and beautiful scenery. But 50 percent of the population live below the poverty line and 25 percent are living in extreme poverty. Malawi is one of the world’s least developed countries, with major problems stemming from population growth, increasing pressure on agricultural lands, corruption and the spread of HIV.

Since 1987, we’ve been working with four other Oxfam’s in Malawi to improve the lives of people in poor communities. One of our key focuses is on improving mining governance and facilitating equitable resource distribution. By strengthening transparency and accountability, improving the participation of marginalised populations, and promoting transformative linkages with the wider economy, Oxfam is working to ensure that everyone can share the wealth natural resources in a sustainable and fair manner.

Areas of work

Governance and Social Accountability, Gender Justice

One Story of Change

Dorothy (right), facilitator of an extractives advocacy group, and Mary (left) have discussions over an Oxfam-funded advocacy manual. Photo: Aurelie Marrier d’Unienville/Oxfam

Mkango Resources has started mineral explorations in their community for Rare Earths (used for technology) and Oxfam is working to ensure that locals are educated on their rights and how to exercise them. The development of the Guide to Free, Prior and Informed Consent was supported by the Australian Aid program, funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Key projects

Inclusive and Transformative Extractives Industries in Southern Africa

Oxfam Australia is working to improve natural resources governance in extractives industries; by strengthening transparency and accountability mechanism, improving the participation of marginalised populations, and promoting transformative linkages with the wider economy. This three year project (2017-2020) is implemented in Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe and is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).

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