Sustainable Development Goals: Completing the unfinished MDGs
UNDP Administrator Helen Clark Statement on the Adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals

I welcome this momentous decision by Member States to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals which will guide development for the next fifteen years, offering a chance to meet the global citizenry's aspirations for a more peaceful and prosperous, and sustainable future.

Malawi Develops Right to Food and Nutrition Bill
Malawi Develops Right to Food and Nutrition Bill

Government through the Department of Nutrition in liaison with civil society organisations has developed a framework law, the Food and Nutrition Bill, which seeks to effectively guarantee the right to adequate food and nutrition. The Bill also is also providing for labelling and fortification of food; provision of nutrition in schools; the establishment of the National Nutrition Council and the Food and Nutrition Fund.

Chief Secretary to the Government of Malawi, Mr. George Mkondiwa hands  over a Code of Conduct to members of Mangochi District Peace Committee (DPC) at the launch of the DPC in Mangochi
Mangochi Becomes First District to Have Peace Committee

The Chief Secretary advised members of the DPC to adhere to the Code of Conduct which they have signed. Among other things, it calls for members to exercise impartiality, professionalism, integrity and independence in order to instill confidence in their community members.

Entrepreneurs listening to a presentation at the launch of the manufacturing & logistics, and the agribusiness windows of MICF in Blantyre, July 12, 2016
DFID, KFW and UNDP Pull Resources to Support Second Round of the Malawi Innovation Challenge Fund (MICF)

The UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Federal Republic of Germany through KfW have joined hands with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to support the second round of competition of the Malawi Innovation Challenge Fund (MICF) for the Manufacturing and Logistics, and the Agribusiness Windows.

China Partners Government of Malawi, UNDP in Disaster Risk Management Through Small Grants Scheme
China Partners Government of Malawi, UNDP in Disaster Risk Management Through Small Grants Scheme
China Partners Government of Malawi, UNDP in Disaster Risk Management Through Small Grants Scheme

The Government of China has partnered with the Government of Malawi and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in supporting disaster risk management programmes through the launch of the Small Grant Scheme to community based organizations in disaster prone areas.

China, Malawi and UNDP Partner to Support Community-Driven Disaster Risk Management Initiatives
China, Malawi and UNDP Partner to Support Community-Driven Disaster Risk Management Initiatives
China, Malawi and UNDP Partner to Support Community-Driven Disaster Risk Management Initiatives

About 600 households from Msundu village in traditional authority Malanda in the northern district of Nkhatabay depend on the land along Katendeza river for farming. It is from this flat land that people from Msundu grow cassava, rice and maize crops for food and commercial purposes.

Malawi Government, UNDP launch Malawi National HDR with Parliamentarians
Malawi Government, UNDP launch Malawi National HDR with Parliamentarians

The Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development in collaboration with UNDP have launched the Malawi National Human Development Report (NHDR) with Members of Parliament (MPs). The official launch of the MNHDR whose theme is Inclusive Growth in Malawi took place at Parliament building in Lilongwe, presided over by the Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Hon. Dr. Goodall Gondwe and attended by the Chairpersons of various Parliamentary Committees in the Malawi’s National Assembly.

Malawi Launches National Quality Strategy: UNDP Calls For Inclusive, Speedy Implementation
National Quality Strategy: UNDP Calls For Inclusive, Speedy Implementation

With financial and technical support from the United Nations Development Programme and the European Union, Malawi has launched the first ever National Quality Strategy (NQS) with a call for an inclusive and immediate implementation of the strategy

President Peter Mutharika officially launch the Buy Malawi Strategy at BICC
Malawi Launches Buy Malawi Strategy

Malawi launched the Buy Malawi Strategy (BMS) in a bid to promote locally produced goods and services. UNDP supported the development and launch of the strategy in collaboration with the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the private sector. UNDP Resident Representative in Malawi, Mia Seppo commended the Ministry for its leadership and commitment towards the formulation of the BMS, saying the strategy complements other important ongoing initiatives of the Government of Malawi aimed at advancing the industrialization agenda for Malawi.

The Secretary-General’s Message on International Volunteer Day
The Secretary-General’s Message on International Volunteer Day

On this day we celebrate the power of volunteerism. Volunteering fosters creativity, draws strength from our passions and connects us to those who need us most. Volunteerism is a global phenomenon that transcends boundaries, religions and cultural divides. Volunteers embody the fundamental values of commitment, inclusiveness, civic engagement and a sense of solidarity.

Strengthening climate information in Malawi
Strengthening climate information in Malawi

The government is in the process of establishing partnerships with local and regional telecommunication companies so that text messages on weather conditions can be sent to farmers frequently. 280 members of 28 Village Disaster Risk Committees are already receiving the SMS updates and are responsible for disseminating the information to their communities. More community members will be identified to receive these updates, and the circle of people benefitting from the SMS’s will continue to widen.

Students from Lilongwe Girls Secondary School
Engaging the Youth in Malawi in International Climate Change Discussions

Case Study: Lilongwe Girls Secondary School Lilongwe, November 2015: UNDP Malawi and UNITAR, as part of the UN: CC Learn initiative, facilitated a Youth Climate Dialogue (YCD). This Dialogue involved students from Lilongwe Girls Secondary School, Malawi and St. Gallen High School in Switzerland, taking part in debates...

Malawi obtains support for first ever Resilience Innovation Lab
The Incubator of Innovation: Malawi obtains support for first ever Resilience Innovation Lab

Malawi’s first ever Resilience Innovation Lab has successfully secured support from the United Nations Development Programme Africa window of the innovation facility, supported by the Government of Denmark. This exciting new Lab will serve as an incubator of new and innovative ideas in building resilience against economic and environmental shocks in the country

UNDP launches storytelling contest to amplify climate coverage on the run up to Paris summit
UNDP launches storytelling contest to amplify climate coverage on the run up to Paris summit

“We want to provide young journalists in developing countries a unique opportunity to contribute to the global debate on climate change in the run-up to COP21, while building their capacity and providing recognition for excellence” noted Neil Buhne, UNDP Geneva Director.

Business Call to Action member will also create jobs for women and reduce CO2 emissions
Dutch company Basic Water Needs will provide 540,000 Malawians with safe, clean water by 2018

“At Basic Water Needs, we take our social responsibility very seriously and strive to make our whole supply chain sustainable, respecting both human rights and our environmental impact,” stated Jens Groot, the company’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are honoured to join the Business Call to Action and look forward to working with both BCtA and our fellow members to strengthen the impact of our work.”

Shaping the Recovery of Malawi, Helen Clark’s Visit

Lilongwe - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, Ms. Helen Clark today wrapped up her three day mission to Malawi. During her mission, she spoke at the official launch of the Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) report on Thursday after which she proceeded to deliver a lecture on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at Malawi Parliament.

Training of MBS Laboratory Technicians. Photo: UNIDO.
It Takes More Than a Good Recipe to Export Biscuits

The Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) sets and implements standards and conducts conformity tests on selected imports and exports, but it has had limited capacity to certify products for international markets. As such, exporters have been incurring extra high costs as well as delays as they seek certification overseas.

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Malawi’s launches the country’s first Public Environmental Expenditure Review

Malawi’s launches the country’s first Public Environmental Expenditure Review Malawi’s economy and the livelihoods of a majority of the population are largely dependent on different environment and natural resources (ENR).

Speech by Helen Clark at the Official Launch of the Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) Report in Lilongwe

I am pleased to participate in this launch of the findings of the Post Disaster Needs Assessment which was carried out in the aftermath of the recent devastating floods here in Malawi. I would like to begin by extending my sincere sympathies to the more than 1.1 million people whose lives, livelihoods, and communities...

The Government of Malawi and UNDP conduct an Agribusiness Supplier Development Programme (ASDP) Training

On May, 26, the Malawi government through the Ministry of Trade and Industry and UNDP organized a two day training on the Agribusiness Supplier Development Programme (ASDP).

Crop diversification, an asset to farmers in Balaka district

The Malawi agricultural sector is dominated by subsistence farming and rainfed food production systems that are facing increasing challenges from land degradation and declining soil fertility. More than 90% of the people living in rural areas are from resource-poor communities and predominantly engage in subsistence...

Fish pond improving women’s lives in Mwanza

Through support from the project, Government has incorporated and mainstreamed SLM principles in three (3) policies namely Water Resources Policy (2013), Fisheries Policy (2013) and Forestry Policies (2013). This has seen the construction of fish ponds in the districts where the project is being implemented.

Conservation Farming, a source of a healthy family in T/A Kunthembwe area

Chronic poverty, low agricultural productivity, low food intake due to lack of economic opportunities either to produce adequate nutritious food or to exchange labour for income to purchase nutritious food, are some of the critical factors which create a food and nutrition insecure situation in Malawi. Divala...

Farmers in Neno scale up livelihoods and income generating activities through Sustainable Land Management

Potato growing farmers have created their own market in Chandamale village in Neno district. The farmers belong to the first and only cooperative in the area.

UNDP Assistant Secretary General visits Malawi
UNDP Assistant Secretary General and Director of the UNDP Crisis Response Unit Visits Malawi

UNDP Assistant Secretary General and Director of the UNDP Crisis Response Unit, Ms. Izumi Nakamitsu visited Malawi from March 22 to March 25th, 2015. The purpose of the mission was to appreciate the situation on the ground following the disaster that Malawi experienced.

Designing climate change adaptation initiatives: Malawi decides
Designing climate change adaptation initiatives: Malawi decides

UNDP supports countries to address the challenges of climate change. As countries transition toward climate-resilient sustainable development, UNDP assists them to prepare for, and build resilience to, the impacts of climate change. Senior government officials, representatives of civil society and academia, the chair...

Financial inclusion in Northern Malawi: Village savings and loans group makes 5000% growth on their income within 10 months
Village savings and loans group makes 5000% growth on their income within 10 months

Residents of Tukombo, a trading centre in Nkhata bay District, were all smiles about the improvements in their lives since the introduction of village savings and loans by the Chifundo-Chapeta Community Based Organization (CBO). The CBO is a beneficiary of the Community Development and Knowledge management for the...