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14 Mar 2018 description
report World Bank


  • After intense flooding hit Malawi in 2015, more than 1.1 million households were affected, with more than 300,000 people displaced, and 100 people who lost their lives

  • Since then, the government, with various in-Bank teams have been working to restore livelihoods of affected communities, improve food security, recover losses, and build the country's resilience against future disasters

28 Feb 2018 description

The UN World Food Program (WFP) on 26 January officially handed over five bailey bridges to the Government of Malawi to ease access to the country’s communities in four districts.

The bridges (portable pre-fabricated steel) were installed in Zomba, Phalombe, Thyolo and Mangochi districts where WFP faced challenges providing humanitarian assistance when floods devastated the districts and washed away bridges in January 2015.

10 Jan 2018 description

This report assesses the potential for strengthening ‘shock-sensitive’ social protection in Malawi. Bringing together recent experiences and knowledge, it analyses the ways in which existing social protection system components can more effectively prepare for and address the impacts of events that result in humanitarian emergency response. It provides clear options and recommendations for a more shock-sensitive social protection approach in Malawi.

The report focuses on the following social protection system components:

29 Sep 2017 description

Executive Summary


In just the last 36 years, Malawi has experienced eight major droughts, affecting more than 24 million people1. The impact, frequency, and spread of drought in Malawi have intensified in the past four decades and are likely to worsen with climate change, compounded by other factors, such as population growth and environmental degradation.

10 Aug 2017 description

Edited by: Siri Eriksen, Lars Otto Naess, Ruth Haug, Aditi Bhonagiri and Lutgart Lenaerts

August 2017

Volume 48 Issue 4

Humanitarian crises appear dramatic, overwhelming and sudden, with aid required immediately to save lives. Whereas climate change is about changing hazard patterns and crises are in reality rarely unexpected, with academic researchers and humanitarian and development organisations warning about possible risks for months before they take place.

30 May 2017 description
report World Bank


  • The floods that hit Malawi in 2015 caused damage to the economy

  • Village communities helped restore earth roads and bridges that were washed away

  • A Public Works Program provided villagers the options of cash or farm inputs in return for work

04 Sep 2016 description

Disasters in recent years, such as drought and floods, have driven poor Mozambican families deeper into destitution, and more women into prostitution

By Ray Mwareya

BEIRA, Mozambique, Sept 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Bemusa was only eight when her parents died of tuberculosis and she was left in the care of an "aunt", who made ends meet by working as a prostitute in Mozambique's second city, Beira.

Read the full article on the Thomson Reuters Foundation

04 Aug 2016 description

The El Niño 2015-16 in the Context of Past El Niños

The 2015/16 El Niño Event

An El Niño event was officially declared in March 2015, gaining in intensity until it reached its peak in December 2015. The event came to an end in May 2016, becoming one the strongest on record, together with the El Niños of 1982-83 and 1997-98.

28 Jul 2016 description


  • Following the Malawi – Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC) recommendations to roll out the 2016/17 lean season response in July, of the 6.5 million food insecure population, WFP plans to assist 5.8 million people with a mix of food and cash.The remaining 650,000 food insecure people will be provided cash assistance by a consortium of NGOs.

20 Jul 2016 description

LILONGWE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun a new round of life-saving relief operations in Malawi where as many as 6.5 million people – nearly 40 percent of the population – may require emergency assistance in coming months. This is set to become the largest ever emergency food relief operation in the country’s history.

10 Jun 2016 description

The 2015 International Annual Report describes how SOS Children’s Villages around the world supported children and strengthened families and communities in 2015 through community-integrated responses in care, education, health and emergency services.

The 573 SOS Children’s Villages around the world in 2015 are described as ‘care and protection hubs’ for their local communities, as they provided a range of locally-tailored services to support vulnerable children.

31 May 2016 description

The African Development Bank and the Government of the Republic of Malawi signed a grant agreement for a humanitarian emergency assistance to mitigate the effects of the 2015 floods and El Niño in 2016. The signing ceremony was hosted by Kapil Kapoor, AfDB Acting Vice-President, Sector Operations, during the institution’s Annual Meetings held in Lusaka, Zambia.

11 May 2016 description


Conflict, violence and disasters internally displaced 27.8 million people in 2015, subjecting a record number of men, women and children to the trauma and upheaval of being forcibly displaced within their own country.