The first results of the 2016 Local Governance and Performance Index (LGPI) were released on 27th October 2016 at a function held at Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe. The study was a collaborative project between the Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD) of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, the Christian Michelsen Institute (Bergen, Norway) and Malawi’s Institute of Public Opinion and Research (IPOR).

The LGPI aimed at explaining variation in governance and local development in an effort to help countries such as Malawi collect, assess and benchmark detailed information around issues of local and public sector performance and service delivery to citizens and businesses. 

The first dissemination event of its kind in Malawi, it focused on livelihoods and land issues in Malawi, highlighting general development challenges that ordinary Malawians are facing. The key highlights of the presentation included:

  • Access to basic services such as water, food, income, housing and electricity 
  • Land ownership, inheritance, and perceptions of fairness of the farm inputs subsidy programme
  • Main causes of disputes among Malawian citizens and how they resolve them
  • Perceptions about security and the role of the police
  • How ordinary Malawians cope with everyday challenges and the perceived role of government

The Malawi LGPI Study was implemented between March and April 2016 in 15 of the country’s 28 districts. The study involved interviews with more than 8,000 Malawians. It was implemented by IPOR with funding and support from the Research Council of Norway and the Swedish Research Council.

The team of presenters comprised Dr. Boniface Dulani, IPOR and University of Malawi; Dr. Asiyati Chiweza, Associate Professor in the Department of Political and Administrative Studies, University of Malawi; and Prof. Ellen Lust, Director of the Program on Governance and Local Development, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. 

A report on land is available at while the one on livelihoods is available at

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