Disaster risk management programme

What is the project about

 Dyke construction in Nsanje DistrictTogether we can reduce disaster risks in Malawi. Photo: UNDP Malawi

The government of Malawi acknowledges that natural disasters such as floods and drought negatively affect its efforts on poverty reduction and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. Through the Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Programme, UNDP in Malawi has laid down the framework of its assistance to the Government to establish a comprehensive disaster risk management system for the country. However, acknowledging that several needs and challenges will remain even with detailed strategic frameworks and institutional mechanisms, the DRM programme is also working to assist the Government to reduce damage and losses caused by disasters. Thus, in the medium term, the project is expected to enable government to mitigate the impact of natural disasters on the economy as a whole and on the vulnerable communities in particular. The programme was developed with the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA). 

What have we accomplished so far

With the DRM programme we have achieved the following:

  • Development of a Disaster Risk Management policy
  • Review of the 1991 Disaster Preparedness and Relief Act
  • Incorporation of DRM in primary school curriculum
  • Establishment of a National Platform as a coordination mechanism for DRM/DRR under UNISDR guidelines
  • Development and review of district based contingency plans for all 15 disaster prone districts
  • Capacity building for DoDMA staff and DRM focal points from key ministries i.e. Environment, agriculture, education, water and health.
  • Development of DRM handbook and Operational guidelines

Who Finances it?

Only financial contributions of at least $ 100,000.00 are indicated here.

Donor Name
Amount contributed per year
One UN
$ 170,910.96
UNDP $ 555,000.00


Delivery in previous fiscal year

Donor Name
Amount used
One UN
$ 102,884.00
UNDP $ 550,793.00

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