Malawi is experiencing rapid population growth—a growth trend that will significantly affect the country’s ability to meet basic needs such as those related to health, education, economy, and agriculture. This growth trend will also create challenges related to urbanization and infrastructure, including clean water and electricity. Formulating policies and programs to help Malawians access voluntary family planning services and meet their reproductive intentions will help decrease the fertility rate and slow population growth. Results from a 2017 application of the Resources for the Awareness of Population Impacts on Development (RAPID) model show how the country would be influenced by a reduction in the fertility rate (from 4.4 children per woman in 2015 to 2.3 in 2050) and illustrate the need for strong programs and policies to enable slower population growth and greater socio-economic development for Malawi. In addition to the national-level results provided in the publications below, posters are available that highlight the benefits of slower population growth in each of Malawi’s districts.
Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development and University of Malawi, Chancellor College. 2017. RAPID: Estimating the Impact of Population Growth on Development in Malawi. Lilongwe: Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development.
English PDF 3113.5 kbJanuary 2018
Republic of Malawi and University of Malawi. 2017. Linking Population and Development in Malawi: Using the RAPID Model to Plan for Our Future. Lilongwe: Republic of Malawi.
English PDF 1405.7 kbJanuary 2018
Republic of Malawi and University of Malawi. 2017. Kugwirizana Komwe Kulipo Pakati pa Chiwerengero cha Anthu ndi Chitukuko m’Malawi. Lilongwe: Republic of Malawi.
Chichewa PDF 808.4 kbJanuary 2018
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