Malawi Platform for National Social Support Project (WB-P169198)

  • Malawi
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • World Bank (WB)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Project Status
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Bank Risk Rating
Environmental and social categorization assessed by the development bank as a measure of the planned project’s environmental and social impacts. A higher risk rating may require more due diligence to limit or avoid harm to people and the environment. For example, "A" or "B" are risk categories where "A" represents the highest amount of risk. Results will include projects that specifically recorded a rating, all other projects are marked ‘U’ for "Undisclosed."
Voting Date
Dec 10, 2019
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
Government of Malawi
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
  • Law and Government
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Investment Type(s)
The categories of the bank investment: loan, grant, guarantee, technical assistance, advisory services, equity and fund.
Investment Amount (USD)
$ 75.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 150.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ WB website

Updated in EWS Jan 21, 2019

Disclosed by Bank Dec 21, 2018

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Project Description
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The project objective is to improve resilience among the poor and vulnerable population and strengthen the national platform for safety nets.

The proposed five-year project will support the MNSSP II as the overarching and formal platform in social protection, led by Government with coordinated donor engagement. The proposed PNSSP project is entirely devised around the MNSSP II Strategy and Implementation Plan, reflecting strong Government ownership. In this context, the project will contribute to the MNSSP II in two ways, as reflected in the PDO. The first part of the PDO highlights the importance of improving resilience, which is understood as the ability of households to improve initial levels of welfare in the face of chronic stress and to maintain welfare in the face of shocks. In this regard the project emphasizes safety net programs which boost economic and social inclusion. The resilience of these programs will be further strengthened by the delivery systems and capacity investments under the project. The second part of the PDO highlights the need to more strongly support the effectiveness of a national system for social safety nets under the MNSSP II framework. The project places emphasis on this through efforts to support delivery systems (for social registry, e-payments and citizens engagement), as well as efforts to strengthen overall capacity and harmonization in the sector. The project is based on a strong vision of reform, working towards a Government led platform with improved donor coordination. In this respect, there is widespread recognition on the need for improved donor harmonization and coherence.

Investment Description
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World Bank:
Colin Andrews, Ivan Drabek
Sr Social Protection Specialist

Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development
Ben Botolo
Secretary to the Treasury

Implementing Agency:
Malawi National Local Government Finance Committee
Alifeyo Banda
Acting Executive Director 


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