The first female president of Malawi will deliver a Landon Lecture in the Kansas State Student Union on Monday morning. The lecture is open to the public and will take place in Forum Hall at 10:30 a.m.K-State News, she is credited with healing the country’s hurting economy. Malawi’s economic growth rate stood at 1.8 percent when Banda entered office and grew to 6.2 percent when she left. The country’s operational industrial capacity also increased from 35 percent to 85 percent.
Since leaving office, Banda has worked as an activist and philanthropist, serving on the boards of Nutrition International Canada and the Tana High Level Forum of Peace and Security in Africa as well as the Council of Women World Leaders.
Banda also founded the Joyce Banda Foundation International in 1997, which supports the empowerment of women and programs dealing with HIV/AIDS, leadership training and human rights.