The hazards and vulnerability atlas created by RCMRD will cover the whole of Malawi (Image: NASA)

The Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), UN-SPIDER’s Regional Support Office established in Kenya, has partnered with the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA), the Department of Surveys, the National Statistics Office and other national stakeholders to develop a comprehensive national hazards and atlas covering the whole of Malawi. The agreement was supported by the SERVIR programme, a joint development initiative between NASA and USAID.

The atlas and GIS database developed to cover Malawi in its totality represent an essential part of the activities carried out by the government of Malawi in its National Disaster Risk Management Policy willing to support disaster risk reduction in the country and prioritize areas for... read more

Publishing Date: 09/07/2015

Upon the invitation of the Government of Malawi through its Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) UN-SPIDER successfully carried out a Technical Advisory Mission to Malawi from 14 to 18 October 2013. Supported by the Government of Austria, UN-SPIDER invited nine experts with a broad range of expertise and diverse backgrounds in the space-technology sector, disaster management and crowdsourcing to join the mission team. The team met with key national, international institutions and organisations in Malawi to discuss the current use of space-based information and technology in the country.

A one day national workshop conducted on 18 October 2013 brought together over 40 participants and stakeholders from the academia, ministries, departments, NGOs and international organisation. A great variety of subjects were addressed including... read more

Publishing Date: 22/10/2013
Lake Malawi in the Eastern Rift of the Great Rift Valley seen from space

At the invitation of the Department of Disaster Management Affairs of Malawi the UN-SPIDER Programme will conduct a Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) to Malawi from 14 October to 18 October 2013.

UN-SPIDER is currently contacting experts from the space and disaster management community to have the team defined by end of August. If your institution, organization, company or university is interested in joining the expert team, please get in touch with us, so we can provide you with additional information. UN-SPIDER is looking for professionals from the field of space technology and disaster management who are already collaborating or are willing to collaborate in the future with the authorities or respective institutions in Malawi.

TAMs are part of UN-SPIDER’s technical... read more

Publishing Date: 03/07/2013

The Disaster Management Tool (DMT) is a mobile field system that allows field workers and control center officers to interactively enter and retrieve information about the areas of interest. It uses sensors (like GPS receivers) for automatic data collection. It also allows an easy and fast flow of the situation information, also across organizational and jurisdictional boundaries. And finally, it provides dynamic and interactive situation maps and reliable data storage.

The basic idea of the DMT training, which was attended by one UN-SPIDER expert, was to explore opportunities for a follow-up pilot project together with the Institute for Communication and Navigation (IKN) at DLR and the... read more

Publishing Date: 04/04/2011

Advisory Support

Malawi is a country frequently affected by floods, epidemics and droughts. In October 2013, a UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission was carried out upon the request of the Government in Malawi in order to assess how the country could improve its disaster risk management and emergency response capabilities using satellite information. The Mission followed up on a UN-SPIDER Expert Meeting conducted in November 2010.

Mission dates: 14/10/2013 to 18/10/2013

Within the project “Providing Geographical Information Systems (GIS) technical support for Disaster Risk Reduction programs implemented by DIPECHO partners in the South East African and South West Indian Ocean region”, UN-SPIDER, together with the Italian-based NGO Cooperazione Internazionale (COOPI) and the Geoinformatic Centre from the University of Salzburg (Z-GIS) carried out a mission to Lilongwe, Malawi in Nov. 2010 to conduct a national seminar.

Mission dates: 13/11/2010 to 21/11/2010


The United Nations Human Settlements Programme’s (UN-HABITAT) mission is to promote socially and environmentally sustainable urban development with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all.

UN-HABITAT is committed to supporting Malawi in her efforts to achieve sustainable urbanisation and adequate shelter for all and the achievement of the MDGs. Activities include the Cities Without Slums Programme, the Malawi National Slum Upgrading Programme, and the Managing HIV and AIDS at the local level programme, among others.

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The Department is based in Zomba and it is responsible for all issues to do with geology.

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The EU maintains diplomatic relations with nearly all countries in the world. It has strategic partnerships with key international players, is deeply engaged with emerging powers around the globe, and has signed bilateral Association Agreements with a number of states in its vicinity. Abroad, the Union is represented by a number of EU Delegations, which have a similar function to those of an embassy.

The Lisbon Treaty (2009) led to major developments in the area of external action, with the creation of the post of High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and the establishment of the EU's diplomatic arm, the European External Action Service (EEAS).

The EEAS assists the High Representative in ensuring the consistency and coordination of the Union's external action as well as by preparing policy proposals and implementing them after their approval by the Council. It also assists the President of the European Council and the President as... read more

The Department is responsible for all matters to do with climate change and meteorological services such As climate and weather. The Department is based in Blantyre.

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The mandate of the Ministry is to ascertain a sustainable provision of water supply and sanitation services and implementation of irrigation development programmes in order to contribute to socio-economic growth in Malawi.

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The Department handles all matters to do with Malawi’s Forest reserves and it is housed at City Centre.

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The Ministry's mission is to promote and facilitate agricultural productivity so as to ensure food security, increased incomes and creation of employment opportunities through the sustainable management and utilization of natural resources, adaptive research and effective extension delivery system, promotion of value-addition and agribusiness and irrigation development.

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In Malawi, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is supporting the Government to use development resources effectively and accountably to achieve the objectives of the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy and attain the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

UNDP Malawi works closely with partners to build the national capacity to combat the widespread and deep-rooted poverty in Malawi. More than two thirds of the population lives below the national poverty line.

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UNICEF has been operating in Malawi since 1964. The current UNICEF/Government of Malawi Country Programme of Cooperation aims to support national efforts to progressively realise the rights of children and women through improved child survival, development, protection and participation.

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The World Food Programme Country Programme (CP) in Malawi in started in March 2012 and will be operational until February 2016. The overarching objective of the programme is to strengthen national capacity to improve primary education outcomes, reduce malnutrition among vulnerable groups, and improve the food security of communities living in disaster-prone areas and build their resilience to shocks. The CP aims to achieve this through its three components: Support to Education, Nutritional Support... read more

The World Bank aims to support Malawi's efforts toward more diversified, competitive, shock-resilient socio-economic growth.

Fully aligned with the Second Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS II) and the Economic Recovery Plan launched in October 2012, the Malawi Country Partnership Strategy responds to recent developments in the economic and governance context in Malawi, and prioritizes World Bank Group support around three themes and six result areas.

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Established through the Disaster Preparedness and Relief Act of 1991, the Department of Disaster Management Affairs is the Government of Malawi’s agency responsible for coordinating and directing the implementation of disaster risk management programmes in the country in order to improve and safeguard the quality of life of... read more


Rains have also pounded parts of Mozambique and Malawi over the past few weeks, killing at least one person, displacing thousands and drowning farm land.?

Source : Glide number

Cholera outbreak has hit the Central region of Malawi.

Source : Glide number

Malawi registered her first measles case in December 2009 and from that time up to 8th June 2010 about 11 461 cases have so far been reported (out of which 116 are laboratory confirmed) and 62 deaths of measles have been reported from 24 districts of the country.

Source: glidenumber

National Focal Point

Department of Disaster Management Affairs

Contact Person
Mr. James M.K. Chiusiwa
Tel: +265 999 937 952
Email: james.chiusiwa [at]


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