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Good-practice note : governance and anti-corruption innovations in the Malawi social action fund project (English)

The World Bank supported three phases Malawi Social Action Fund (MASAF) project was first approved in 1996. Malawi, with a population of 13 million, is a low income country with one of the lowest per capita incomes in Sub-Saharan Africa. Malawi continues to face a variety of social, economic, political and administrative challenges including high inflation, low salaries/pensions of public officials, chronic resource shortages, dearth of public goods and services, unethical individual behavior, and kinship and nepotism. As a result of these factors, corruption remains a major problem in Malawi. In response to these challenges, Malawi has introduced a number of initiatives aimed at promoting good governance and fighting endemic corruption. In May 2004, President Bingu Wa Mutharika, immediately after taking office adopted a zero tolerance stance on corruption. This was subsequently formalized into a declaration on zero tolerance on corruption in February 2007. MASAF projects' commendable work in identifying governance and accountability risks and integrating mitigation measures into proposed project activities.


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    Aklilu, Petros Agarwal, Sanjay

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    Good-practice note : governance and anti-corruption innovations in the Malawi social action fund project

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Aklilu, Petros Agarwal, Sanjay

Good-practice note : governance and anti-corruption innovations in the Malawi social action fund project (English). Social Development Notes ; no. 131. Demand for good governance Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.