The Country Opinion Survey in Malawi assists the World Bank Group (WBG) in gaining a better understanding of how stakeholders in Malawi perceive the WBG. It provides the WBG with systematic feedback from national and local governments, multilateral/bilateral agencies, media, academia, the private sector, and civil society in Malawi on 1) their views regarding the general environment in Malawi; 2) their overall attitudes toward the WBG in Malawi; 3) overall impressions of the WBG's effectiveness and results, knowledge work and activities, and communication and information sharing in Malawi; and 4) their perceptions of the WBG's future role in Malawi.
Kind of data
Sample survey data [ssd]
v01 - edited anonymous dataset for public distribution
Coding schemes of output data:
- Single-choice questions: Response options are coded according to corresponding numbers in the questionnaire.
- Multiple-choice questions: When a response option is checked, it is coded as "1," when a response option is not checked, it is coded as "0."
- 10-point scale questions: "1" corresponds to the lowest value, "10" corresponds to the highest value. "Don't know" is coded as "11."
- Yes/No questions: "Yes" is coded as "1," "No" is coded as "2."
City (e.g., Blantyre, Zomba, Lilongwe, Mzuzu)
Town (e.g., Luchenza, Mponela, Bolero)
District Headquarters (Boma)
Rural District Are
Unit of analysis
Stakeholders of the World Bank Group in Malawi.
Opinion leaders from national and local governments, multilateral/bilateral agencies, media, academia, the private sector, and civil society.
Producers and sponsors
Public Opinion Research Group
The World Bank Group
The World Bank Group
From April to May 2016, 500 stakeholders of the WBG in Malawi were invited to provide their opinions on the WBG's work in the country by participating in a country opinion survey. Participants were drawn from the Office of the President, Prime Minister; office of a minister; office of a parliamentarian; ministries/ministerial departments/implementation agencies; Project Management Units (PMUs) overseeing implementation of WBG projects; consultants/ contractors working on WBG-supported projects/programs; local governments; bilateral/ multilateral agencies; private sector organizations; private foundations; the financial sector/ private banks; NGOs/community based organizations; the media; independent government institutions; trade unions; faith-based groups; youth groups; academia/research institutes/think tanks; the judiciary branch; and other organizations. A total of 340 stakeholders participated in the survey (68% response rate).
The results in this year's Country Survey were compared to those in the Country Survey conducted in FY'13 (response rate is 71%, N=427). Data were weighted to reach the same stakeholder composition in two years, which allows for year comparisons. Stakeholder groups which were not present in both fiscal years were not included in the comparison. Respondents who belonged to the "other" stakeholder category were not included either. As a result, mean ratings, percentages of respondents, and the total number of respondents in both years are slightly different from those of the original data reported in the FY'13 COS report and the non-weighted data presented in appendices A, B, C, D, and F. For the weighted stakeholder breakdown and year comparison results, please refer to Appendix E (page 89).
Dates of collection
Mode of data collection
Local Independent Consultant
Use of the dataset must be acknowledged using a citation which would include:
- the Identification of the Primary Investigator
- the title of the survey (including country, acronym and year of implementation)
- the survey reference number
- the source and date of download
Public Opinion Research Group (The World Bank Group). Malawi World Bank Group Country Survey (WBCS) 2016, Ref. MWI_2016_WBCS_v01_M. Dataset downloaded from [URL] on [date].
Disclaimer and copyrights
The user of the data acknowledges that the original collector of the data, the authorized distributor of the data, and the relevant funding agency bear no responsibility for use of the data or for interpretations or inferences based upon such uses.