One of the earliest indications that Joyce Banda was going to be a very different president from her predecessor, Bingu wa Mutharika, was her suggestion - soon after coming to power - that her government would review Malawi's anti-gay laws. While pleasing some key donors and making headlines, the new policy did not find many backers in Malawi. And the question now is whether - six months down the line - President Banda remains committed to promoting and protecting the rights of Malawi's gays and lesbians. >>>
In the wake of proposals to decriminalise homosexuality and to improve human rights at large in Malawi, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the UK government have both announced increase in aid for the country.