Malawi-China-UNDP Cooperation on Disaster Risk Management

The Challenge


Malawi is prone to climate-related disasters, especially droughts and floods. Over the last 3 years, between 1 and 2 million people have become food deficient in different parts in Malawi, despite a nationally produced food surplus. In 2015, Malawi experienced its worst flooding in history, prompting the need for greater action to implement community based disaster risk reduction schemes that can strengthen local resilience.

The Response


In 2016, the Government of China, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Malawi (GoM) through Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) agreed to implement the Disaster Risk Reduction Small Grants Scheme (SGS) to contribute to disaster risk reduction and recovery among communities. In particular, the project focused on Malawi’s disaster-prone districts, specifically to reduce social, environmental and economic losses resulting from natural disasters and especially flooding.

The DoDMA, GoM has been implementing a Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Programme Support since 2012 to date with funds from UNDP. The programme aims at mainstreaming disaster risk management into policies, development plans and programmes; collect and make accessible data and knowledge on the impact of natural disasters accessible to decision makers; and establish and strengthen coordination mechanisms and implementation arrangements for disaster risk management.

The project is designed so that cooperation among Malawi, UNDP and China can provide support to livelihoods and resilience-building initiatives at community level, and help achieve the nation’s long-term development goal. UNDP Malawi’s are working with the Malawi Government and local Chinese counterparts to develop the project proposal, oversee the project implementation, and monitor and evaluate the project.

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