At national level, the objective of the SCTP is to promote the alleviation of poverty through the bolstering of beneficiary resilience through financial support. Reports have shown that cash transfers have “proven impacts, in terms of asset accumulation, food security, women's economic and social empowerment, and livelihood diversification among the poorest households”.

The SCTP programme is designed to support the delivery of bi-monthly, unconditional cash transfers to 10% of households identified as ultra-poor and labour-constrained across each of the 28 Districts in Malawi. The SCTP aims to be a shock-responsive Social Protection System and respond to the specific poverty context by enabling a social protection system that is adaptive, resilient, and responsive to:

·         Malawi’s extreme poverty context, with 70% of the population living below the 1.90$ poverty line

·         The specific challenges of increasingly frequent and diverse shocks, including climate, political and economic shocks

·        The need for a flexible, shock-responsive social protection programme, and a matching MIS, that can support a large and changing number of people exposed to serial shocks in a context of extreme poverty

The SCTP is currently funded by KfW, the EU, the World Bank, Irish Aid and the Malawian Government. Previous funders included the Global Fund Against AIDS, TB and Malaria. 

While the above information presents current programme scope, as outlined in President Lazarus Chakwera's first State of the Nation Address, the intention is to continue expanding programme capacity and impact, particularly through targeting scale-up from the poorest 10% to the poorest 15%. This commitment to impact expansion was also reflected in the increase to Cash Transfer value amounts from MWK7,000 to MWK9,000 in July 2020.