Malawi News

From time to time we come across interesting news items about things happening in Malawi. When we can, we put links to these items here.

25 January 2017 Electricity blackouts to continue in Malawi
Despite heavy rains the country is being blessed with, the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) has stood firm on its previous statements that blackouts shall continue due to low levels of water in the Shire River…

23 January 2017 Locals establishing a Bookworm Gardens in Malawi
When a group of Malawian students from Lakeland University toured Sheboygan’s Bookworm Gardens in 2014…

20 January 2017 Malawi Defense Force to plant 10 million trees
Speaking in an interview after launching a tree planting exercise by MDF at Cobbe Barracks on Sunday, the 93 Infantry Brigade Commander responsible…

17 January 2017 If you missed our last newsletter for 2016, see it here along with the rest of the newsletters we’ve sent out last year
Our December newsletter is packed with interesting content…

16 January 2017 China-funded Bingu stadium in Malawi :A monument of pride
It is a gigantic stature of architecture, a true mark of visionary progress and a modern version of beauty. It is another form of art that satisfies the aesthetic need of every eye…

19 December 2016 ‘Each Of Us Is A Treasure’: Edward Snowden Writes To A Malawi Girl Living With Albinism
Edward Snowden wrote a letter to Annie Alfred, a 10-year-old child living with albinism in Malawi. Alfred is one of 7,000-10,000 people in Malawi…

14 December 2016 No one runs or rushes in Malawi
A 19-year-old Fairlie woman spent six months teaching at a school in Malawi earlier this year and was amazed by the difference in day-to-day life…

13 January 2016
outhern Malawi’s dry, crusty fields used to be waist-high with corn. But two consecutive years of low rainfall have meant scarce harvests and have forced farmers to change just about everything they know about farming…

5 December 2016 Malawi athlete wins bronze at South African road race
Jamali, who is based in South Africa finished the race on third after clocking 1 hour 50 minutes 5 seconds behind the winner’s time of 1 hour 47 minutes 13 seconds and runners-up time of 1 hour 47 minutes 29 seconds…

1 December 2016 100 Women 2016: Fighting for a good death
Malawi is one of the world’s least developed countries with very primitive health care. In March 1998, nurse Lucy Finch had visited her native Malawi…

28 November 2016 Donal Skehan: What Malawi taught me about food
We had just arrived in Malawi after a 24-hour journey from Dublin via London and Addis Ababa. In the back of a white jeep…

23 January 2016 Malawi: Big Heart, Small Country
Malawi is one of those places where those who have never been don’t understand its unique charm…

21 January 2016 Tough times for Malawi: Cost of living up by 27 percent
Malawians across the country are to suffer the effects of weak currency that has forced an upward pricing of goods…

18 January 2016 Malawi honour war dead
A two-minute silence took place at 11:00 GMT as President Peter Mutharika on Sunday led the nation in honouring Malawian soldiers who fought in the first and second World Wars…

16 November 2016 Malawi University of Science and Technology to re-open on Wednesday: Water problem sorted
The Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) will re-open on Wednesday this week barely a week after the school was closed due to water problem…

14 November 2016 China-funded Bingu stadium inauguration December 10
It is official and can as well be described as ‘a long walk to freedom’ in as far as football in Malawi is concerned. The waiting is now over as the authorities have confirmed the opening of the multi-million dollar State-of-the-Art Chinese built Bingu National Stadium…

10 November 2016 A life lesson for us all from the Guru Seth Godin
If not now, when? Care a little more. Show up. Embrace possibility…

9 November 2016 Malawi artists pay tribute to rapper Revolver at UMP Awards
The 2016 UMP Awards which took place on Sunday turned out to be a Revolver tribute show as artists paid homage to the departed Malawian rapper at any given opportunity…

8 November 2016 Tumaini festival unites refugees and locals in Malawi
Tumaini festival is one of a kind: Over the weekend it brought together refugees and locals at Malawi’s Dzaleka refugee camp. Together they listened to music, theater and poetry….

4 November 2016 Good News for Child Protection in Malawi
Malawi has made a commitment to amend its conflicting laws on the definition of a child, a move that will help in the fight against child marriage. Malawi’s constitution and the Child Care, Protection…

3 November 2016 Malawi farmers urged to grow more cotton
Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation of Malawi (Admarc) has urged farmers in the country to start growing more cotton as the crop is in demand on international markets…

2 November 2016 Malawi Queens return to heroic welcome
Malawi national netball team, the Queens have arrived back home from Melbourne, Australia, where they landed a historic bronze medal at the just ended World Netball Fast 5 series…

31 October 2016 Malawi Queens overcome England to finish third in Fast5
Malawi national netball team gatecrashed into the once impetratable fortress of the top four best netball teams in the world at the World Netball Fast Five Series tournament held in Melbourne Australia…

27 October 2016Malawi chess aiming to groom international grandmaster
Malawi Chess Association (Chessam) former publicity secretary Gilton Mkumbwa, in conjunction with Southern Region Chess League (SRCL), is once again…

25 October 2016 Farming goes digital in Malawi: Farm Radio Trust, Access Agriculture hailed for farmer-to-farmer videos
Malawian farmers can now learn from fellow farmers across the continent in the confines and privacy of their homes, thanks to an initiative by Farm Radio Trust and Access Agriculture…

20 October 2016 UK supports MK2bn water and sanitation programme in Malawi rural health centres to improve maternal health
Launched under the theme “Deliver WASH: Deliver Life for Mothers and New Born Babies” the project is to be implemented…

19 October 2016 ‘Solar Tent’ Produces Better Results for Fishing Community in Malawi
In the African country of Malawi, fishing is a way of life for people who live near lakes. The fishers have several methods to dry the fish…

12 October 2016 Dubai Cares’ Malawi education programme aims to keep girls in school
Thousands of young girls in Malawi will be handed an education lifeline thanks to a Dh1.8 million Dubai Cares…

10 October 2016 Scottish investment helps bring power to rural Malawi
Community Energy Malawi (CEM) has been working with a team from the University of Strathclyde to provide energy to schools…

6 October 2016 Environmental change drove diversity in Lake Malawi cichlids
Africa’s Lake Malawi is home to hundreds of species of cichlids, the freshwater fish whose broad array of colors…

6 October 2016 Mary Sabutoni: A woman’s struggle in Malawi
Set in rural Malawi, this film follows the life of Mary, a widow with 8 children. Her struggles are struggles of millions of women throughout the world…

4 October 2016 Some of Malawi’s fine artists
Filmed in 2010/2011 this doc shows behind the scenes of what Q magazine describes as the ‘best festival in the world’; The Lake of Stars…

30 September 2016 This is one of the villages MLFA works in
This could be the mantra of every Habitat for Humanity Global Village volunteer. It was especially true of this team…

26 September 2016 Malawian chess making strides
Malawi was ably represented at the 42nd Chess Olympiad that took place in Baku, Azerbaijan from 1st-14th September, 2016 where Malawi moved…

22 September 2016 Hope fades in Malawi as severe drought leaves millions suffering
What remains of Richard Elias’s 20,000 cotton plants are steely weeds and barren soil….

15 September 2016 Rio 2016: Malawi’s first and only Paralympian
Taonere Banda has made history by becoming Malawi’s first Paralympic athlete, competing in the women’s T12-13 1500m…

12 September 2016 1000 connections with Malawi hailed as example of an international Scotland by Holyrood
The study was praised by all leaders of the political parties at Holyrood, the non-partisan Malawi Cross Party Group (MCPG) and the SMP, which is a national charity set up to coordinate links between the two countries…

8 September 2016 Malawi to play China in launching Bingu national stadium
Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development Henry Mussa has disclosed that Malawi will playe China in an international friendly football match to officially open the Bingu National Stadium in October…

6 September 2016 Malawi medics dropped into Scottish hospital life
Dr Takondwa Itaye-Kamangira and Dr Wone Banda have been brought to Scotland by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow under…

31 August 2016 Malawi gets 20 university scholarships from Swaziland
Malawi will get 20 university scholarships from the government of Swaziland to study at the newly established SADC University of Transformation…

28 August 2016 Student teacher runs 27 marathons in 27 days in Malawi
A student teacher from Manchester runs 27 marathons in 27 days in Malawi for charity…

27 August 2016 Malawi to make history at Rio Paralympic Games
Malawi will be represented by 1,500m partial visually impaired female athlete Tionele Banda from the country’s…

25 August 2016 Local teen seeks to raise awarness and funds for girls in Malawi
While girls in first world countries are busy getting ready to go back to school, their counterparts in developing nations are being forced to get married…

24 August 2016 Malawi: Maphunziro 265 Bringing Hope to Needy Malawi Students
Education is credited to give people a solid base of life. But are there solutions when conditions spur one not to attain Education? In Malawi most young people drop the towel and get home to become a burden…

20 August 2016 Poverty, Drought and Felled Trees Imperil Malawi Water Supply
Out of desperation, soldiers were dispatched to the national forest here last year to defend the capital, Lilongwe, less than 30 miles away…

18 August 2016 Malawi Olympic athletes return home
Long distance runner Tereza Master, who made a national record in the marathon, two swimmers Brave Lifa and Amara Pinto and David Areneo of archery…

15 August 2016 How Clay Stoves Can Help The Environment In Places Like Malawi
Fuel-efficient stoves could ease a lot of dilemmas in some parts of the world, like helping people breathe cleaner air…

15 August 2016 Malawi’s Tereza Master breaks national record at Olympics
Master finished the grueling 42.125km event, which is the epitome of the Olympic Games, in 2:48:36 hours on position 98 0ut of 141 athletes who entered the race…

12 August 2016 US ambassador in Malawi swears in Peace corps GHSP volunteers
The ceremony, which took place at Palmer’s residence in Lilongwe, marked the start of the volunteers year of service in the country…

10 August 2016 From Malawi to world domination at Rio Olympic Games: Dual citizenship really needs to be revisited
At the Rio Olympic Games, two sisters, Cate and Bronte Campbell are representing Australia but they were born in Malawi — in 1992 and 1994 respectively…

9 August 2016 Jamie Livingstone: Hunger is a reality for millions in Malawi
Imagine only having a third of the food you need to feed your family. Imagine seeing your small stocks of food dwindle. Imagine fearing that in a few weeks’ time, you won’t be able to feed your children at all…

5 August 2016 Love Malawi Festival Anticipates Massive National Impact
More than 700 churches will collaborate with Andrew Palau and Luis Palau Association partner evangelists in Malawi for a significant effort to foster unity…

4 August 2016 Malawi: Red Cross volunteer advocates for children in his village
Moffat Chiwaya, a Malawi Red Cross volunteer has had great success in convincing parents to send their children to school, but worries about how to sustain that success…

21 July 2016 Severe drought elevates food crisis in Malawi to ‘highest level’
El Nino-related drought has led to food shortages in much of southern Africa. WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin told DW that more assistance is needed to feed those in need…

18 July 2016 Malawi: Coping with hunger while living with HIV
or the past eight years, Alice Harry has been living with the AIDS virus. She knows what it feels like to be hungry…

15 July 2016 Pictorial of home return for Giddes, promotes Malawi in America
Speaking to reporters on arrival Giddes said he was excited to have fulfilled his dream…

12 July 2016 A new vaccine that may prevent infant deaths soon after birth – GBS Trial
Malawi has met their Millennium Development Goals to reduce childhood deaths by two-thirds and a new vaccine is announced that may prevent infant deaths soon after birth…

1 July 2016 Giddes American dream comes true: Malawi music legend, Edgar&Davis, Namandingo on US tour as Maskal to perform as well
What began as a dream for a young boy in Chiradzulu has now become a reality for Malawi’s 86 year old folk musician Giddes Chalamanda. He is finally on his way to the United States of America on his quest to share Malawian music and showcase his talent to live audiences there…

17 June 2016 Low-tech solar tent boosts Malawi’s dried fish industry
Fishing communities in Malawi are getting higher prices for their dried fish thanks to simple solar drying technology…

3 June 2016 Local nonprofit provides clean water in Malawi
Sitting in class, studying for a bachelors’ degree in business at the University of Kansas, Heidi Rickels felt her heart beating faster every time the professors talked about developing economies or international issues…

27 May 2106 More than half of Malawi’s population need food relief – minister
More than half of Malawi’s population is in need of food aid after an El Nino-induced drought decimated crops, the minister of agriculture said on Wednesday…

13 May 2016 Co-op’s rice listing to benefit Malawi children
The Cooperative will today become the first Scotland-wide retailer to stock Malawi’s Kilombero rice…

6 May 2016
This Small Business Specialises In Shoes For Women With Longer Feet, But Also Has A Big Heart

One of our very generous donors, Carol Haffke of The Shoe Garden has been featured in The Huffington Post Australia earlier this week! Read about what Carol does and how she is able to “give a hand up not a hand out” to the women of Malawi…

6 May 2016 Malawi government to procure solar pumps
In a bid to ensure food security Malawi, government says it has plans to buy and install solar pumps in various areas in the country…

21 April 2016 The technology helping to teach Malawi’s children
A series of apps which help teach Malawian schoolchildren maths, English and the local language Chichewa has been rolled out to 68 schools in the country…

15 April 2016 Malawi declares national disaster after drought as food shortage looms
Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika declared a national disaster after a severe drought ravaged the southern African nation and appealed for 1.2 million tonnes of maize to plug a looming deficit of the staple…

11 April 2016 Can ‘pay as you glow’ solve Malawi’s power crisis?
A rapidly rising population and the slow rate of connection means the “electricity deficit” continues to grow…

7 April 2016 Guitars from Malawi camp hit right note with musicians around the world Guitars from
Hidden among the dirt footpaths of Dzaleka refugee camp, Patron Palushong can be found carving his signature product…

9 March 2016 Jamaica Blue Magazie
Wow! Carol Haffke, of The Shoe Garden, and one of our proud and most ardent supporters, in the Jamaica Blue magazine this quarter!…

5 February 2016 Malawi Boosts Doing Business Environment with New Online Collateral Registry and Business Registration System
Malawi has become the third country in sub-Saharan Africa after Ghana and Liberia to establish a modern online collateral registry system to enable businesses and individuals access loans using movable assets…

8 January 2016 SA firm launches money transfer service in Malawi, Zim
Hello Group, a financial technology firm, has launched its mobile money transfer service in Malawi and Zimbabwe…

22 December 2015 In Zimbabwe, a six-year-old girl stands up to the challenge of cheering up the kids
An inspiring 6yo shows the world how to do it. I defy you not to be impressed!…

18 December 2015 Malawi’s Maximum-Security Inmates Get Surprise Grammy Nod
It’s not everyday that maximum-security inmates brush up against Grammy winners — or earn nominations themselves…

11 December 2015 Malawi Prisoners Score Surprise Grammy Nomination
Here’s the new straight from Rolling Stone! “The Zomba Prison Project earns nod in the Best World Music Album category for ‘I Have No Everything Here’ album”…

4 December 2015 An open letter to my god daughter
Hey what an inspiring example! Thank you so much Carol and especially to your god daughter, Annelise. She is awesome and she’s given us our first Christmas donation at MicroLoan Foundation…

27 November 2015 COP21: Malawi’s battle to hold on to forests
Malawi’s own greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels are minuscule. But the nation has one of the highest deforestation rates in the world as people desperate for fuelwood hack into the once-rich forests…

19 November 2015 The Malawi music festival bringing hope to its refugee residents
Tumaini festival, which is held at the Dzaleka camp, aims to change perceptions about refugees by showcasing their many talents…

13 November 2015 Monica Makeya Dzonzi is a co-ordinator at the youth centre in the Malawian city of Blantyre that organises training in computer, sports and life skills
Women of Africa: Inspiring Malawi’s children with ambition…

30 September 2015 New managers of Liwonde national park say elephants and crocodiles have killed three poachers inside, and four people outside, the unfenced park
Animals kill seven people in seven weeks, says Malawi wildlife park…

4 September 2015 Malawi, tobacco and their agriculture
The first rule of business: if demand for your product falls, try something else…

20 August 2015 Current issues in Malawi and the World Food Programme
Malawi is a small and landlocked country, bordering Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique. It is a UNFPA global population hotspot with a rapidly expanding population…

19 August 2015 Malawi Queens back home after the Sydey Netball World Cup tournament
Malawi Netball Queens Tuesday, August 18, 2015 arrived back home from the just ended Sydney World Netball Cup tournament…

17 August 2015 Another win by the Queens!! Next, South Africa in the play-offs. Go Malawi!
Malawi Queens who failed to seal the semi-finals slot after narrowly losing by one goal to Jamaica on Saturday vented their anger…

15 August 2015 Our CEO Clive Hughes was glued to his seat when he watched this thrilling match and wrote this report for us. “It was the match to decide who played Australia in the semi finals.”
The Jamaican Sunshine Girls sealed their semi-final spot when they defeated the Malawi Queens 63-62 in the tightest game of the NWC2015 so far…

14 August 2015 So close of a game but congratulations to Jamaica for getting into the semi-finals. Well done, Queens, it was a tough game, indeed.
Jamaica has held off a gallant Malawi, winning 63-62 to seal a place in the Netball World Cup semi-finals in Sydney…

13 August 2015 Malawi push New Zealand to the wire..The Malawi Queens played the game of their lives and were unfortunate to lose to netball super power New Zealand yesterday
A combative Malawi forced New Zealand to fight right to the final whistle for a flattering 57-49 win in their second qualification round match at the Netball World Cup…

10 August 2015 News Flash: Malawi is doing very well – beat S Africa and destroyed Sri Lanka 101 – 18 as well as Singapore 75 – 31. Probably no 4/5 after Australia, NZ, England – Malawi or Jamaica vying for those spots
Malawi Queens on Sunday completed their round robin games by thumping Singapore 75-31 and top Pool C ahead of eternal rivals South Africa in the Netball World Cup.

24 July 2015 Roger Federer and the Malawian children…
Roger Federer has been visiting children in Malawi to see first-hand the progress his Foundation is making in the field of early childhood care across southern Africa…

12 June 2015 You Can Make A Difference Now by providing much needed ‘Hand Up Not a Handout’ through business loans which enable women build their businesses which is the start to helping their families.
Check out this video where Deborah Meaden from Dragon’s Den in the UK explains the impact of our work.

5 June 2015 Splendor, indeed
In many ways, Malawi is the ultimate motherland. It is home to the oldest-known human remains, Stone Age rock art and sacred relics that date back thousands of years…

22 May 2015 Child malnutrition.. very saddening but a real problem nonetheless
Lilongwe – Child malnutrition costs Malawi about $600m a year, with more than half of children aged between 18 and 23 months suffering from stunted growth, according to a new report released on Wednesday…

24 April 2015 I am delighted to read about people helping each other become better
State President Arthur Peter Mutharika on Monday met directors of the Brooklyn Institute where among others he lobbied for total support towards Malawi’s education sector.

1 April 2015 Malawi and its musicians prep for Easter
Malawi’s six top gospel musicians have teamed up for a fundraising gospel show to be staged at the Robins Park in Blantyre on Easter…

27 March 2015 Kalambo school benefits from TNM’s K1.2m desks
Malawi’s Premier mobile phone company, TNM donated 40 desks worth K1.2 million to Kalambo Primary School Lilongwe’s Area 25…

7 March 2015 The Malawi Mouse Boys
The Malawi Mouse Boys – yes you read that correctly! This is an interesting 15 minute interview yesterday on ABC’s Radio National with live performance by the amazing Malawi Mouse Boys…

5 February 2015 How Malawi’s children are by Daisy Belfield
In Malawi two weeks ago, roads turned into rivers, rivers swallowed fields…

27 January 2015 Cyclone ‘Bansi’ and its devastating after-effects in Malawi
Recent floods in Malawi have left hundreds dead, many more homeless and devastated crops. Rosie Blunt visited two of the worst-affected areas…

19 January 2015 As of yesterday, death toll is still at 170 and 200,000 displaced by rain and flooding
More than 170 people have been killed and 200,000 displaced by torrential rain and flooding in Malawi. Large areas in the south are underwater and…

16 January 2015 The situation has deteriorated dramatically with over 170 killed and continued heavy rain. Modest resources are leaving the population isolated and helpless – simply unimaginable devastation
The authorities in Malawi say at least 170 people have died in flash floods – a sharp rise on previous figures. Heavy rain over the past month…

14 January 2015 Very sad news… At least 48 people killed, 70,000 made homeless, crops damaged, livestock washed away and bridges and roads destroyed. These are what the floods caused Malawi and Mozambique
Torrential rains leave scores dead and tens of thousands homeless as president appeals to international donors for humanitarian aid, The Malawi…

12 January 2015 Malawi weather experts predict more rains
Here’s the weather report from Malawi…

27 November 2014 Malawi music Spare Dog Records label launched
A new record label has launched that will be recording and promoting artists from Malawi…

12 November 2014 ‘Riders for Health’ going through Malawi, saving lives and battling against HIV
Almost a million people in Malawi live with HIV; AIDS is the leading cause of death amongst adults in the country…

4 November 2014 Zambia at 50: The Transformative Potential of Women
This post from MLF CEO and Founder, Peter Ryan, has made its way to The Huffington Post. It is about the Transformative Potential of Women and how Microfinancing is able to help with it…

15 September 2014 How to boost food production in Africa
Smallholder farmers, who hold over 80 percent of all farms in sub-Saharan Africa, are struggling to adapt…

2 September 2014 Glasgow 2014: Mary Waya and the rise of the Malawi Queens
Glasgow 2014: Mary Waya and the rise of the Malawi Queens…

2 September 2014 A generous Scotsman in Glasgow helps Malawi cyclists
A Commonwealth cycling team has been given new bikes by a Glasgow shop after theirs were found to be unfit for purpose…

2 September 2014 Malawi Presidential Election
The recent elections were plagued with a collapse of the counting system with the electronic counting being suspended…

2 September 2014 Business Disruption
Meanwhile there is concern about the impact of the election impasse on the fragile economy…

2 September 2014 Australian miner and MicroLoan supporter suspends operations in Malawi
Much needed revenue from the activities of Australian miner Paladin Energy has been stopped with the suspension of activities…

2 September 2014 Refugees enter Malawi
Since mid-January, an estimated 2,000 people have fled fighting between the government and former rebels…

2 September 2014 Water shortages
Parts of Malawi, including large parts of the northern region, have not received rain since February…

2 September 2014 Fighting Corruption
Malawi has been making progress with stemming the corruption which has crept into the political arena…

2 September 2014 Breaking the poverty trap with $12 a month
This story whilst focussing on cash grants, not loans as provided by MicroLoan Foundation…

2 September 2014 Africa’s proverb of the day
Proverbs are an integral part of African culture. Passed on from generation…

27 Dec 2013 Nyasa Times Malawi among “Best performing economies..”
President Joyce Banda has said reports that Malawi will be among five best performing countries…

11 Oct 2013 Country Profile of Malawi
Malawi, a largely agricultural country, is making efforts to overcome decades of underdevelopment…