This Economic development Document presents an overview of Malawi’s Development Plan. Disappointing results with respect to implementation of Malawi Growth and Development Strategy II have triggered a qualified rethink in Malawi’s development planning process. There is a growing recognition that Malawi needs a more realistic development plan, in terms of both the underlying assumptions and resource availability, as well as with fewer priorities and a greater emphasis on implementation. Climate change has also become a major new factor in this process. The recent formation of a quasi-independent National Development and Planning Commission is expected to help in improving the independence of the planning process in Malawi.
This paper brings the aid effectiveness debate to the sub-national level. We hypothesize the nonrobust
results regarding the effects of aid on development in the previous literature to arise due to
the effects of aid being insufficiently large to measurably affect aggregate outcomes. Using geocoded
data for World Bank aid to a maximum of 2,221 first-level administrative regions (ADM1)
and 54,167 second-level administrative regions (ADM2) in 130 countries over the 2000-2011
period, we test whether aid affects development, measured as nighttime light growth. Our
preferred identification strategy exploits variation arising from interacting a variable that indicates
whether or not a country has passed the threshold for receiving IDA's concessional aid with a
recipient region's probability to receive aid, in a sample of 478 ADM1 regions and almost 8,400
ADM2 regions from 21 countries. Controlling for the levels of the interacted variables, the
interaction provides a powerful and excludable instrument. Overall, we find significant
correlations between aid and growth in ADM2 regions, but no causal effects.
The Malawi Growth and Development Strategy II (MGDS-II) is a poverty reduction strategy for the period 2006–11, which is aimed at fulfilling Malawi’s future developmental aspiration—Vision 2020. The strategy identifies broad thematic areas and key priority areas to bring about sustained economic growth. A striking feature of this strategy is that the various governmental organizations, private sector, and general public are equal stakeholders. However, successful implementation of MGDS-II will largely depend on sound macroeconomic management and a stable political environment.
This Annual Progress Report reviews the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper and Economic and Social Plan for 2007 for Mozambique. The report presents the new simplified structure adopted in the Review of the First Half of 2007. In the international context, the evolution of the international economy is presented, which allows a visualization of the international economic conditions in which the country has implemented its economic and social policy. The activities of the environment and the science and technology sectors are also described.