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Publication | 6 May 2021

World Bank Group - Country Partnership Framework for The Republic of Malawi for the Period FY21-25

Global Food and Nutrition Security

The dramatic political events of 2019 and 2020 in Malawi—and the citizen voice and judicial integrity that underpinned them—could be a critical inflection point for the country, and popular hopes and expectations are high. In the wake of contested presidential elections in 2019, Malawi saw sustained and well-organized popular demonstrations leading to landmark rulings by the Constitutional and Supreme Courts and fresh elections. The smooth re-run in July 2020, the strengthening of alliance-based politics, the demonstration of judicial integrity, and effective popular mobilization together present Malawi with an opportunity to realign its social contract (Box 1). Hopes for change are high, but meeting these expectations will be a challenge, particularly in light of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.