The World Bank

The World Bank is one of the funders of the SCTP which has pivoted its social protection programming from cash-for-work or similar programmes, towards joining other partners in supporting the SCTP. It has played a vital role in the SCTP development process in Malawi by identifying the scope and objectives of future support and establishing the design, implementation, financing implications, and timeframe for moving forward. The World Bank is supporting 11 districts: Blantyre, Chiradzulu, Dowa, Dedza, Karonga, Kasungu, Lilongwe Rural, Nkhotakota, Ntchisi, Rumphi and Nkhatabay and around 131,500 households. The World Bank has been key in the SCTP since 2014 with their initial focus on public works programs which targets fit-for-work poor people.

Government of Malawi

The Government of Malawi approved the SCTP programme under the framework of the National Social Support Policy in July 2012. It is the project executing agency (PEA) through its Ministry of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare with overall policy coordination on social protection by the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development. It is responsible for the day to day implementation of the project in close cooperation with the District Councils including administration, management, monitoring and coordination, and ensuring that the program activities are mainstreamed into the government's service delivery system. The Malawi Government is supporting one district of Thyolo under this project, reaching around 16,500 households. The PEA will closely cooperate with all other development partners involved in the SCTP and co-ordinate their contributions.


The Social Cash Transfer Program (SCTP) is one of the most important social protection interventions for UNICEF in Malawi. Since programme inception, UNICEF has played a key role to ensure that the implementation of the programme is effective, efficient and delivers the intended outcomes. UNICEF undertakes the following roles and responsibilities within the SCTP:

1. Improving the effectiveness of the SCTP through capacity building and evaluations. In this regard UNICEF provides financial support for consultancies to support the ministry develop their communication activities.

2. Provision of technical assistance in the design, implementation and monitoring of the programme.

3. Generating evidence and analysis to inform social protection policy formulation and programme design including during emergencies.