President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina on their arrival to Kazumu International Airport, Lilongwe, Malawi on the ninth day of the President’s 22-day official visit to Ethiopia, Malawi and South Africa. Photograph:  Chris Bellew

Irish missionaries were Ireland’s original pioneers in Africa, President Michael D Higgins has said in Malawi. Six Irish missionaries with long servi(...)

President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina at the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources in Malawi.Photograph: Chris Bellew /Photography 2014

Such was the devastating effect of the Famine on the Irish people that they have yet to find language to describe it, President Michael D Higgins said(...)

 President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina are continuing their official   visit to Ethiopia, Malawi and South Africa. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

President Michael D Higgins has warmly welcomed the Government decision to send three members of the Defence Forces to assist in the fight against Eb(...)

Women from the Tikondane and Mulindiyani savings and loan group in Malawi. Photograph: Bill Corcoran

The women of the Tikondane and Mulindiyani savings and loans group burst into song as our vehicle pulls into their village, a collection of huts and m(...)

Dorcus Jussab. Photograph: Sally Hayden

International attention turned to Malawi in April 2012 when President Joyce Banda came to power. Only the second woman head of state in Africa, she wa(...)

Two friends chat in a street in Blantyre. Malawians who work in the cities, where the middle classes are more likely to be found, are primarily engaged in local government, wholesale and retail marketing, social and community services, construction, transport, finance and business.

Lilongwe, the Malawian capital, is still waiting for its middle class to emerge.Home to the halls of political and administrative power, it has the ty(...)

President of Malawi Joyce Banda:  her  handling of the scandal has damaged her reputation. Photograph:  Andrew Cowie/Getty Images

The optimists believe Malawi’s so-called “Cashgate” scandal might herald a new beginning, a new democratic dispensation that would end the corruption (...)