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Friday, 07 November 2014 13:55

Current Activities

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The Diaspora Affairs Unit, with support of the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) has embarked on a project to formulate the National Diaspora Engagement Policy. The Unit held the first multi-sectoral brainstorming workshop on 3rd October, 2014 at the Sunbird Capital in Lilongwe. It is expected that by August or September next year, the Unit will launch the Policy.


The Unit in partnership with the International organisation for Migration (IOM), will also soon be working on developing a national strategic framework for the implementation of the Engagement Programme. The Unit intends to conduct series of awareness activities and ultimately hold a Homecoming Summit for the Diasporas by 2016. This will be an opportunity for the Diasporas to discuss key development issues with the Government.


Friday, 07 November 2014 13:51

Diaspora Overview

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The Malawi Government initiated the Diaspora Engagement Programme in 2012, and established the Diaspora Affairs Unit in the Ministry Cooperation, to manage the programme. The Unit is headed by a Coordinator who is supported by Foreign Service Officers.


The initiative was made upon the realisation that Malawi has a significant community of Diaspora with a diversity of recourses which could be harnessed to develop the country. Despite the existence of this Diaspora, there was no coordinated effort to take the Diaspora on board to assist in national development initiatives, hence the need for a formal programme of engagement. The definition of Malawian Diaspora includes the Malawian citizens, collectively, residing outside the country for an indefinite period of time whether for employment, business, education or any other purpose as well as persons of Malawian origin residing outside the country, holding citizenship of another country but still having interests in Malawi.


The overall objective of the Diaspora Engagement Programme is to incorporate the Diasporas into Malawi’s development initiatives through:

  • Remittances;
  • Investiments;
  • Skills Transfer and resource mobilisation.

In order to meet the overall objective the programme will create a mutually beneficial relationship between Malawi and her Diaspora. This will be achieved by:

  • The promotion of the spirit of “community”, patriotism and belongingness amongst Malawians living in the Diaspora.
  • The provision of more effective consular services to Malawians living outside Malawi;


The Diaspora Affairs Unit which is mandated to manage the Programme, will among other functions be doing the following:

¡  Initiate the formulation of a national Diaspora Policy;

ž  Develop a Strategy for engaging the Malawian Diaspora;

ž  Coordinate Government efforts for the establishment of sustainable relationship with the Diaspora

ž  Mobilise the involvement of the Diaspora in Malawi’s development agenda

ž  Develop and maintain an up-to-date database of Malawians in the Diaspora

ž  Facilitate access by the Diaspora, to accurate and reliable information on national developments

ž  Coordinate with relevant stakeholders in delivering services to the Diaspora (e.g the Banks)

ž  Identify investment and other business opportunities and attract the Diaspora to invest in Malawi

ž  Facilitate the protection of Malawian Diaspora in their countries of residence




Location and Contacts

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
P.O. Box 30315
                Capital City,  Lilongwe 3


Tel: +265 1 789 088/789 115
Fax: +265 1 788 482/789 112

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