Malawi: More jobs in rural regions

Malawi: More employment and income in rural areas

Located in the south-east region of Africa between Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia, Malawi is one of the most peaceful countries in this part of the world. Tourists love it for its surprising variety: bathing elephants in Liwonde National Park, lusciously green tea plantations around Thyolo and magnificent sandy beaches along the banks of Lake Malawi. Hikers can enjoy the impressive views from the Mulanje or Nyika Plateaus, nature fans delight at Lake Malawi with its clear water and most biodiverse collection of lake-dwelling fish in the world.

Jobs in the tourism sector

The focus of German development cooperation with Malawi is on the priority areas of basic education, health and rural development; the aim is to create income and employment in rural regions with a view to reducing poverty.

Tourism is a great way to achieve these aims. In 2015, there were already about 200,000 people working in this sector of the economy – forecasts indicate that this number could rise to about 1.3 million workers by 2026.

Preserving the country's natural beauty

On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) supports the development of tourism value chains in Malawi.

The aim of these efforts is to foster the development of an environmentally and socially responsible tourism sector.

The activities being carried out include training of local micro businesses, improving public-private sector dialogue as well as defining and promoting Malawi's marketing efforts to encourage interest in the destination.

The impacts of the programme include more jobs in rural areas. Public-private sector dialogue boosts the representation of local businesses at national and international levels.

The project has been promoting sustainable management of national resources, since those are the basis for the livelihoods of the people, most of whom earn their living in agriculture. Furthermore, it is also the reason why tourists visit the country and thus a source of attractive employment opportunities.