Assessment of Development Results - Malawi

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This independent Assessment of Development Results in Malawi, conducted by the Evaluation Office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is part of a series of country-level evaluations. The evaluation examined the UNDP contribution to Malawi’s development from 2002 to 2011 and provides forward-looking recommendations that are useful for the formulation of the new UNDP country programme in Malawi.



Executive summary

Malawi is a small, landlocked country with a population of approximately 13 million people, growing at 2.8 percent annually. The population is predominantly rural with a rapidly urbanizing sector. The country has few mineral resources. Its economy is highly dependent on rain-fed agriculture, and around 85 percent of the population consists of agricultural smallholders and their dependents. Farming generates 35 to 40 percent of gross domestic product, mainly through production of tobacco, maize, sugar and tea.


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