Programme objectives

To address poverty and food insecurity while improving school enrolment
and attendance, and the health and nutrition status of beneficiaries.

References
Food and Agriculture Organization. 2014. The impacts of the Social Cash Transfer programme on community dynamics in Malawi. Rome: FAO. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.fao.org/3/a-i3997e.pdf>.
Country
Geographic area
Previous programme name (if any)
 
Start date
2006
References
Food and Agriculture Organization. 2014. The impacts of the Social Cash Transfer programme on community dynamics in Malawi. Rome: FAO. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.fao.org/3/a-i3997e.pdf>.
Programme components
Conditionalities (if any)
 
Contribution type and amount
 
Targeting methods
Proxy Means Test
Geographical Targeting
Community-Based Targeting
Targeted areas
By December 2015, 18 out of 28 districts (Mchinji, Likoma, Salima, Machinga, Mangochi, Phalombe, Chitipa, Balaka, Thyolo, Nsanje, Chikhwawa, Neno, Mwanza, Mulanje, Zomba, Mzimba, Dedza and Nkhata Bay).
Target groups
Ultra-poor and labour-constrained households.
References
Food and Agriculture Organization. 2014. The impacts of the Social Cash Transfer programme on community dynamics in Malawi. Rome: FAO. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.fao.org/3/a-i3997e.pdf>.
Eligibility criteria
Eligible households are ultra-poor and labour-constrained, with members who are elderly, chronically ill, orphaned and/or have disabilities.
References
World Bank. 2013. International Development Association Project Appraisal Document on a Proposed Credit in the amount of SDR21.4 Million (USD 32.80 Million Equivalent) to the Republic Of Malawi for a Strengthening Safety Nets Systems Project – Fourth Malawi Social Action Fund (MASAF IV). Washington, DC: World Bank. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www-wds.worldbank.org/ external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2013/12/02/
Eligibility reassessment (if any)
 
Type of benefits
Cash
Amount of benefits
Average of MWK4,500 per month (revised in May 2015)
Payment/delivery frequency
Monthly
Benefit delivery mechanism
 
Benefit recipients
 
Minimum and maximum duration of benefits (if any)
 
Coverage
The programme was reaching 170,000 households in 18 districts by December 2015, and is expected to cover 320,000 households by 2016.
Programme expenditure
 
Institutions and agencies involved
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM); German government (through the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau development bank, or KfW); Irish Aid; the European Union; World Bank; UNICEF; Government of Malawi.
References
Handa, S. et al. 2014. Malawi Social Cash Transfer Program Baseline Evaluation Report. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina. Accessed 11 November 2015. <http://www.cpc.unc. edu/projects/transfer/countries/malawi/copy_of_MalawiSCTPBaselineReportrev2014July8.pdf>.
Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and frequency