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. 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.
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, Children, Disability, 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.The PEA will closely cooperate with all other development partners involved in the SCTP and co-ordinate their contributions.
Irish Aid supports the national social protection agenda in Malawi with a strong focus in promoting the scale up of the Malawi National Social Cash Transfer Programme and ensuring regularity, efficiency, transparency and predictability of monthly payments to beneficiaries. Irish Aid entered into a second phase of a 5-year mutually beneficial multi-annual agreement of the SCTP with the Malawi Government in 2016 and is supporting 2 districts of Balaka and Ntcheu with a total of 24 448 households. It provides support in digitizing payment of social cash transfers to families living in extreme poverty.