The DPP recognizes the importance of science, technology and innovation as a driver of development. New technologies help to improve productivity, competitiveness, economic growth, and wealth creation. To this end, the DPP administration established an apex body, the National Commission for Science and Technology (NCST) with a mission to promote and support the development and application of science and technology in Malawi.
Some notable achievements in this area include:
- Ethanol-driven Vehicle Project, which will afford motorists flexibility to fuel their cars using Ethanol, now at advanced level of commercialization by the private sector;
- National Research Guidelines across sectors;
- Biotechnology and Biosafety Programme;
- National Research and Dissemination Platforms;
- Traditional medicine research programme;
- Integrated Water Supply Programme
- Gender mainstreaming in science, technology and innovation programme;
- Health Research Capacity Strengthening Initiative funded by DFID;
- Agriculture Productivity Programme for Southern Africa (APPSA) funded by the World Bank;
- National Health Research Agenda;
- National Agricultures and Natural Resources Agenda;
- Established partnerships with leading international organizations Global Research Council, Information Society Technologies (IST –Africa), and UNESCO, amongst others.