UBALE, which means partnership in Chichewa and also stands for United in Building and Advancing Life Expectations, is a key element of USAID’s comprehensive development cooperation strategy in Malawi. The project is implemented with local NGOs through existing government structures in three food-insecure, chronically malnourished and disaster-prone districts of Southern Malawi: Chikwawa, Nsanje, and rural Blantyre, where UBALE aims to reach all 284 communities totaling about 248,000 households with an integrated set of agricultural and nutritional interventions.
The UBALE Project theory of change sees sustainable livelihoods and good health as mutually reinforcing preconditions for emerging from poverty and building resilience. The effort will be underpinned through the support of government and community systems and structures and the empowerment of women and girls. The project sequences, layers and integrates carefully selected interventions based on wealth group, health status and livelihoods zone.