A father signs a document promising not to marry his daughter off during a fathers and daughters’ ‘chat day’ in Chiradzulu district, Malawi. Photograph: Didem Tali

It’s the Fathers and Daughters’ “chat day” at a village in the Chiradzulu district of southern Malawi, initiated by grassroots activists and village a(...)

  Joyce Banda: the incumbent president urged all sides to keep calm. Photograph: Amos Gumulira/AFP/Getty Images

Soldiers deployed in Malawi’s commercial capital Blantyre yesterday after voters, angered by delays and mishaps at polling stations in a hotly contest(...)

Malawian president Joyce Banda  answers journalists’ questions during her final election campaign in her home village of Songani, on the outskirts of Zomba, on Saturday.  Photograph: Amos Gumulira/AFP/Getty Images

Southern Africa’s first female president, Joyce Banda, must overcome stiff competition from a number of candidates if she is to emerge victorious in M(...)

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(...)

Malawi’s new finance minister Maxwell Mkwezalamba said: “The government has adopted an action plan on improving public financial management systems, and there has been emphasis on the need to ensure it is implemented.”

Malawi’s government has begun to radically overhaul its public expenditure oversight and delivery systems in a bid to win back donor support which was(...)

Malawian president Joyce Banda dissolved her entire cabinet because of a high-level corruption scandal. Photograph: Reuters

Former World Bank economist Maxwell Mkwezalamba has been appointed Malawi’s new finance minister less than a week after president Joyce Banda dissolve(...)

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 (...)

Nurse Nitta Chakanika of Joyful Motherhood prepares to examine a newborn baby. Tradition dictates that most women in Malawi give birth at home, with the help of local women known as traditional birth attendants.

In a rural village on the outskirts of Lilongwe, chubby-cheeked Pemphero Cosmas is crying in the arms of her uncle, confused by the group that have(...)

Madonna visiting schoolchildren in Chorwe, Malawi, at the beginning of April. Photograph: Liz Rosenberg Media/AP Photo

Joyce Banda, the president of Malawi, is said to be furious at her public relations staff for making a scathing attack on Madonna without her k(...)