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.
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.
In December, Malawi Government, in partnership with the UN and other partners, launched the 2017/18 Food Insecurity Response Plan to provide food assistance to 1,043,000 food insecure people in 20 of Malawi’s 28 districts between December 2017 and March 2018.
The Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC) recommended provision of only cash-based assistance during this period. Apart from providing the food assistance, the response plan also prioritises implementation of resilience building interventions to break the cycle of hunger among the affected population.
November 2017: An AppFactory established at Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa by Microsoft Corporation, in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), is developing information, communication and technology (ICT) skills in the refugees, enabling them to become software developers.
As government and its partners continue to prioritize the provision of portable, clean and safe drinking water to all as per the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the private sector is also playing a key role in the promotion of water treatment products as a way of ensuring clean water and sanitation to households in Malawi.
Three United Nations (UN) agencies in Malawi – the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) – United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and World Food Programme (WFP) – teamed up to expose smallholder farmers to potential markets and link them with other agriculture market value-chain players at the 14th National Agriculture Fair held in August in Blantyre.
As Women form a National Peacebuilding Forum
Malawian women drawn from different parts and sectors of the country on 28th October 2016 converged at the Peace-building conference at Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe where they formed the first ever National Women in Peace-Building Forum that will champion women’s equal and active participation in peacebuilding and peace processes in Malawi.
The Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee has just finished doing an update Assessment Report to the May 2016 vulnerability situation. Results are to be ready mid-November. There are expectations that the number of vulnerable population will rise with a small margin from the current 6.5 million.
At least 260, 000 households in 16 districts across the country are to benefit from the 6,000 metric tons of rice donated by the Chinese government in response to the food insecurity in the country.