The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Malawi during the month of October assisted 2,603 Mozambique asylum seekers who were being hosted at Luwani Refugee Camp with a voluntary return to their native country.
The voluntary repatriation occurred through spontaneous returns starting mid-September until the end of October when the last family left the camp.
On a hot and windy day in Kasungu, a drone operator prepares his flying machine for an important project. Joined by officers from the government’s Department of Agriculture and staff from three United Nations agencies, the operator steers the drone high into the clear blue sky. From its vantage point, the drone captures dozens of images of local crop fields.
Malawi celebrates UN Day with recognition of local champions for SDGs
The United Nations in Malawi on 24th October 2018 presented the stories of ordinary Malawians with extraordinary courage, talent and drive to make a difference in their communities and show the way to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Malawi. This was part of United Nations Day celebrations in Lilongwe.
Lilongwe, 9 November 2018 – The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today warned of an imminent disruption of food assistance for 35,000 refugees and asylum seekers in Malawi, urging the international community to commit the US$4.2 million needed to support them in 2019.
As a key source of income, the majority of Malawi’s population who live in rural areas, rely on smallholder rain-fed agriculture, which is extremely vulnerable to climate change. Henry Msiska is a 49-year-old Lead Farmer from Mziliwanda village in Nchenachena in the northern district of Rumphi. To Msiska, delayed onset of rains is undoubtedly the biggest challenge in his agri-business.
“I remember some years back, the rainy season used to start in November and last in April or May. But nowadays, the rain would start in December and end even before March,” observes Msiska.
Yetu Community Radio hit the airwaves at Dzaleka Refugee Camp in the central region district of Dowa on 7th August, 2018 becoming the first Community Radio to be set up in a refugee camp in the Southern Africa region.
UNHCR Malawi Representative, Monique Ekoko, said the radio station will enforce information sharing and enhance development activities at Dzaleka Refugee Camp, which has a population of 35, 000 as well as the host community surrounding the camp.
UN and Malawi Government sign the new UNDAF 2019-2023
On 19 September 2018, the United Nations and the Government of Malawi signed the new United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) which will run from 2019 to 2023. The new UNDAF will succeed the UNDAF which ran from 2012 to 2016 with an extension until 2018.
UN Resident Coordinator Maria Jose Torres described the UNDAF as a strategic, medium term results framework that provides a collective vision and response of the UN System to national development priorities and results.
UN engages media on its contributions to Malawi’s development
The United Nations Country Team (UNCT) on 27th July engaged with senior media managers and editors in Blantyre on UN contributions to Malawi’s development, with the UN Resident Coordinator Maria Jose Torres urging media houses to continue ensuring that various stakeholders, including political parties and election candidates, remain focused on key development issues in the country.
Malawi launches the 2018 Census Countdown Campaign
Malawi launched the 2018 Population and Housing Census publicity campaign on Tuesday 6th June in Lilongwe with Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development,
Goodall Gondwe emphasizing on the importance of census results in informing planning for the country’s development agenda.
He also called upon Malawians to aim at having smaller and manageable families to slow down the current rapid population growth.
June 21st, 2018 - The Special Ambassador for Nutrition for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), King Letsie III of the Kingdom of Lesotho, has said collaboration among various stakeholders on nutrition is critical to ending malnutrition in a country.
King Letsie III said this at the end of his four-day visit to Malawi from 18th to 21st June to advocate for enhanced efforts to end malnutrition in the country.
June 21st, 2018: Malawi First Lady Madam Gertrude Mutharika launched the 2018 – 2022 National Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Policy (NMNP) and Strategic Plan on 20th June 2018 in Lilongwe.
The First Lady commended the launch of the policy, describing it as a critical ingredient for Malawi’s national development, which she said needs coordinated and multi-sectoral approaches.
FAO, UNICEF Support Malawi Government in Building a Resilient Malawi through Improved Agriculture and Nutrition Security
May 7, 2018 saw the joint launch of KULIMA and Afikepo programmes at Malawi’s Bingu International Convention Centre. Launched under the theme Building a Resilient Malawi through Improved Agriculture and Nutrition Security, KULIMA and Afikepo are collaborative programmes funded by the European Union. The Malawi Government will implement the two programmes with support from non-governmental partners, including FAO and UNICEF.
May 28th, 2018. The UN Resident Coordinator Maria Jose Torres has stressed that community voice is key to achieving Zero Hunger and ending malnutrition in Malawi.
Speaking during a consultative meeting on Zero Hunger and Malnutrition Strategic Review process in Nkhata Bay on 23rd May 2018, Torres said the engagement and ownership of the solutions by the local communities helps to develop effective and sustainable interventions for addressing hunger and malnutrition.
May 22nd, 2018: The UN Resident Coordinator Maria Jose Torres has urged media houses to encourage conflict-sensitive journalism, saying this will help promote peace and democracy in Malawi as the country gears up for Tripartite Elections in May 2019.
Torres said this on 18th May in Blantyre when she visited Times Group, Nation Publications and Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) for the first time since commencement of her mission to Malawi in January this year.
May 22nd, 2018: Malawi Law Society President Dr. Mwiza Nkhata has said the State has a critical role to play in promoting gender equality through the full participation of women in all spheres of life based on equalisation of opportunities between men and women.
National ID Project Praised at Africa’s Largest Forum on Digital Identity
Malawi’s National ID project has received appreciation and acknowledgement from delegates and organizers at ID4Africa, the continent’s largest forum and expo on legal identity that was held in Abuja, Nigeria this week with more than 1500 delegates from all over the world attending.
The Joint Programme, Improving Access and Quality of Education for Girls in Malawi (JPGE) is implemented in 81 schools in three districts of Malawi. It aims at improving access, quality and relevance of education for girls, through addressing key known threats to girls’ education.
The threats include poor food and nutrition, inadequate protection against sexual and physical violence, poor quality schooling, harmful social and traditional practices and violations of girls’ sexual and reproductive rights.
Lilongwe, April 4th, 2018. The United Nations in Malawi is concerned by the resurfacing of gruesome attacks on persons with albinism and strongly condemns the killing of Macdonald Masambuka, a young man with albinism, in Machinga District, whose body was discovered on 1st April 2018, after he was reported missing in March. The latest abduction and killing of McDonald Masambuka brings to four the number of attacks against persons with albinism in 2018. This is a setback to progress achieved since 2014.
Lilongwe, April 5, 2018: The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), in partnership with the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) and with financial support from the European Union (EU), is conducting a three-day training workshop on disaster damages and losses tracking which will explore ways of enhancing efforts to build communities’ resilience to natural hazards.