With an economy highly dependent on climate-vulnerable natural resources and minimal access to electricity, Malawi seeks to improve the lives and livelihoods of its 15 million people by strengthening climate change and risk management and expanding domestic renewable energy solutions.


Malawi has developed a strategic program for climate resilience under the PPCR to mainstream climate change considerations into long-term policy making, build institutional capacity for disaster risk mitigation, and facilitate knowledge sharing at multiple scales.

Under the SREP, Malawi is developing an investment plan to address the technical and financial barriers to enabling a robust domestic renewable energy industry.


One of the least electrified countries in the world, only 9% of the general population and 1% of the rural population have access to electricity


of total energy supply will come from renewable sources by 2020 - Malawi Ministry of Energy's pledge


The CIF programmatic approach to investment planning and implementation brings strategic value to CIF recipient countries. Working through a transparent, country-led process, the CIF fosters trust and collaboration among government ministries, civil society, indigenous peoples, private sector, and the MDBs that implement CIF funding. Together, they translate Nationally Determined Contributions and other national development and climate strategies into an actionable CIF investment plan. Rather than one-off projects, the plan comprises long-term, sequenced investments that mutually reinforce each other and link to other critical activities, such as policy and regulatory reform and capacity building. Under national government leadership, CIF stakeholders continue to work together to implement the plan, continually assessing progress and sharing lessons learned along the way.