Seated on a stage with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim in a one-on-one presentation in Washington, the 16-year-old delivered a poised, articulate and impassioned plea for children's education.
Asked by Kim for her advice to the World Bank, Malala noted that organizations spend much of their money on health, AIDS and other programs.
"But I think all those organizations must make education their top priority," she said.
Such a focus would fight child labor, child trafficking, poverty and AIDS, all at once, she argued.
Kim, who has called her "a powerful symbol of hope", announced the World Bank was donating USD 200,000 to the Malala Fund, a foundation she launched to help girls around the world go to school and promote universal access to education.
Malala Yousafzai said she decided to create the fund because she needed to do "work on the ground," in addition to speaking out about the issues.
She also is promoting her memoir, out this month -- "I Am Malala Yousafzai: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban."
Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by the Pakistani Taliban on October 9, 2012, for speaking out against their ideology.
She recalled to a packed audience at the World Bank that her father campaigned for women's rights in a Pakistani society that favors sons. She realised when she was about 13 and 14 that the Taliban might attack her father for his support of women and started to prepare for an attack against herself.
"If a Talib comes, he has a gun and he's going to shoot me, I will tell him, then shoot me, but listen to me first. Listen to my voice... And I will tell him that I want even education for their sons and daughters. I'm not speaking against them. I'm not against any person. I am against their ideology... why are they against education?"
The remarkable journey of the young girl from Pakistan, now feted worldwide and walking in the halls of power, has drawn the ire of the Taliban.
Speculation mounted recently that she would be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. But instead, it went to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons yesterday.