Malawi and the SDGs

What has been the impact of the SDGs on policy formulation in Malawi, and what are the linkages between aid, taxation and private investments in securing funding for their implementation?

Blantyre Market, Malawi.

Blantyre Market, Malawi. Photo: Kaja Elise Gresko, UiO

This roundtable will explore the role of the SDGs as a framework to promote policymaking related to development in Malawi. How, and to what extent, have policymakers embraced the 2030 Agenda? What has been the impact of SDGs on policy formulation? What are the linkages between aid, taxation and the private sector in securing funding for implementation of the SDGs? And what has been the response from civil society and businesses? What should Malawi do differently to achieve the SDGs?


Moderator: Prof. Dan Banik

09.00 - 10.00: Governance and the SDGs in Malawi

  • Malawi’s Path from MDGs to SDGs: A retrospective and prospective assessment

10.00 - 11.00: Aid, Business and the the SDGs: The road ahead for Malawi

  • Roundtable discussion. Short introductions by
    • Lars Christie (MFA)
    • Marianne Haugh (Norad)
    • Kari Helene Partapuoli (Development Fund)
    • Borghild Tønnesen-Krokan (Forum for Development and the Environment)

The roundtable, hosted by the Oslo SDG Initiative, will feature contributions from scholars based at Chancellor College, University of Malawi as well as Norwegian-based scholars, practitioners and activists working on SDGs and development. While Malawi will be a particular focus, the event will also be of interest to those involved with development issues more broadly.

Please contact Kaja Elise Gresko should you wish to participate.


In 2015, 193 world leaders adopted Agenda 2030 and its accompanying 17 Sustainable Development Goals at the UN Summit on Sustainable Development. The Agenda takes an integrated approach to ending poverty in all forms, and covers a broad range of social, economic and environmental development issues, including education, health, climate action, governance, decent work and economic growth. The agenda is committed to “leaving no-one behind”, and guided by the five overarching themes people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnerships.

A key question related to the SDGs has been that of financing, and how low-income countries will be able to fund the ambitious agenda. Three main sources of funding are typically identified: own funding through taxation, foreign aid from developed countries and private sector finance. Malawi, although a prioritized aid recipient of many donor countries, including Norway, continues to be one of the poorest countries in the world and faces vast developmental challenges. Recognizing that foreign aid alone cannot close the funding gaps in securing progress towards sustainable development, the role of alternative funding sources, such as domestic tax revenues and private sector finance, assumes crucial importance.


Tags: SDGs, Malawi, Governance, Development, Aid
Published Apr. 18, 2018 12:59 PM - Last modified May 29, 2020 10:36 AM