As Malawi’s economy crumbles, the country has again been pinned among worst performers in Africa by one of the continent’s highly rated publications, Mail and Guardian. The publication adds weight on calls for donors to resume aid to Malawi which tops the list of 7 countries in Africa that cannot survive without foreign aid.
An opinion published on Mail & Guardian Africa predicts that the country will be annihilated without aid at a time the West is cutting its financial support to various countries in Africa.
“With Malawi currently struggling to feed itself, it cannot afford to lose resources without this having dire impacts on the most basic services such as schooling and health care. It’s extremely high aid dependence was seen most starkly with the coming into the limelight of the ‘cashgate’ scandal – when donors withdrew aid in response to government corruption”
“This crippled the government’s ability to manage the needs of the country including pay salaries to teachers, nurses and other public servants. There were public service cuts and districts were left without the funds to provide for the most basic items like medicines” reads part of an article justifying the need for the West to reflex their muscles on aid to Malawi.
Completing the list are Liberia, Gambia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Lesotho and Mali.
Malawi president Mutharika revealed recently that Malawi was in a deep recession. His remarks came soon after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) had said Malawi was off track on efforts to inspire economic growth. The multinational financial institution said GDP in Malawi will hit the record low of 3% with inflation hovering above 20%.