IDinsight’s Learning Partnership with Malawi’s Ministry of Gender, Community Development, and Social Welfare provides data and evidence support to strengthen the impact of its cash transfer and social protection programs.
IDinsight's Natasha Siyumbwa presenting at a capacity building session for the government of Malawi.
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It can be incredibly challenging to establish and expand social protection and cash transfer programs – who should be targeted? How to roll out services to the most vulnerable people? There are many opportunities to use data and evidence to strengthen these approaches. To that end, IDinsight has been working with The Malawi Ministry of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare (MoGCDSW) since 2018 in an extended learning partnership that provides the ministry with data and evidence according to their evolving needs. The department oversees the Malawi government’s Social Cash Transfer Program (SCTP), which targets ultra-poor and labor-constrained households. Households in this unconditional cash transfer program receive transfers bi-monthly according to household size and whether the household has school-age children and children enrolled in school.
More than 50% of Malawi’s population lives below the national poverty line, with 25% considered “ultra-poor”. Around 70% of the population lives below the international poverty line of $1.90 per day per capita. IDinsight has an embedded learning partnership with the Ministry of Gender, Community Development, and Social Welfare to provide data and evidence support across the SCTP and social protection programs more broadly. The ultimate goal of the partnership is to increase the impact of the SCTP to reduce poverty in Malawi. As of 2020, the program reached more than one million individuals.
As a learning partner of the MoGCDSW, IDinsight provides multifaceted services: analyzing existing program data, supporting the Ministry’s learning and internal capacity, and testing innovations to improve the long-term impact of the SCTP.
Our work includes:
As part of our collaboration with the Government of Malawi, IDinsight is also working with the following government agencies/project management units:
IDinsight analysis and advice has supported the government’s decision-making abot the design and implementation of its social protection programming. We have built a long-standing relationship between the IDinsight team and government counterparts and our team is able to advise the government on emerging challenges and design issues.
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