U.S. Embassy Lilongwe, Malawi
The United States established diplomatic relations with Malawi in 1964, following its full independence from the United Kingdom. Malawi was a one-party state from 1966 to 1994. The transition to multi-party democracy in 1994 strengthened bilateral relations between the United States and Malawi. The United States partners with Malawi to advance accountable, democratic governance, foster private sector-driven economic growth, and advance health, education, agriculture, energy, and environmental stewardship in Malawi.
The U.S. government provides over $350 million per year in bilateral assistance to Malawi targeting health, agriculture, education, environment, transport, and governance. The United States seeks to strengthen public and private institutions for better delivery of services, in particular health and education; improve food security and agriculture-based economic growth while strengthening community resilience against natural disasters and shocks; preserve Malawi’s unique biodiversity and its ability to mitigate climate change; empower the private sector and civil society; promote economic growth through the revitalization of Malawi’s power and roads sectors; and advance democracy, human rights, and good governance. Working to ensure that youth and women play a more constructive role in the nation’s development remains a priority. U.S. partnerships with the Government of Malawi, civil society, and other donors aim to strengthen and buttress the government’s efforts to overcome constraints to meet the basic needs of its citizens, support regional stability, and help the government remain a responsible actor on the international stage. The United States has provided more than $4.3 billion in total assistance for Malawi over the past 20 years. Of this, the U.S. Government has invested over $1.8 billion in Malawi’s HIV response through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and continues to contribute approximately one-third of resources to the Global Fund, helping Malawi reach HIV epidemic control.
Malawi is eligible for preferential trade benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act. U.S. exports to Malawi totaled $36 million in 2022 and included wheat, machinery, pharmaceutical products, and small electronics. U.S. imports from Malawi totaled $54 million in 2022 and included tobacco, tea, sugar, nuts, and coffee.
Today the U.S. embassy is in Lilongwe.
United States Department of State, Office of the Historian and Bureau of African Affairs