Academic journal article Social Security Bulletin

Malawi Moves to Establish a Social Security System

Academic journal article Social Security Bulletin

Malawi Moves to Establish a Social Security System

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The government of Malawi has prepared a 5-year project proposal intended as a first step in setting up a national Social Security Pension Scheme. Funding for the project is now being sought from donor agencies. The objectives are to: (1) conduct a feasibility study to determine the nature of the social security scheme to be established and mechanisms for its implementation, (2) draft and enact legislation on the proposed social security scheme, and (3) set up an efficient and viable social security infrastructure and administrative machinery.

Malawi does not currently have an old-age, disability, and death social security program for employed persons (with the exception of public employees). With the rapid economic development in all sectors of the economy, the labor force has greatly expanded and there is widespread demand for better living and working conditions, including enhanced social protection for the workforce.

At present, coverage in Malawi is limited to a work-injury program, first implemented in 1944 and updated under the Worker's Compensation Act of 1990 (in addition, some medical services are available free to the population in government health centers and hospitals). …

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