UNDP Malawi commissioned a rapid assessment of the socio-economic impact of the pandemic in order to generate evidence needed for policy makers to use in support of the affected and also plan for recovery.
There we were, beaming ear to ear as we listened to different stakeholders exchanging ideas on how best we could serve the many Malawians in need of personal protective equipment (PPEs) during this COVID-19 era. It had not been easy to get to this point, and the process was not linear, with a lot of back and forth we finally managed to have everyone in one call.
Malawi COVID-19 Situation Update Updated on 17 April 2020
Growth Accelerator launched the COVID-19 Special Window in April 2020 to identify and support SMEs with already existing products and/or services that could assist in the containment and management of the corona virus. The programme has successfully contracted 19 ventures to support with up to USD40,000 per venture (MWK30,000,000) co-financing facility.
UNDP Malawi has officially handed over the first batch of ICT infrastructure support to the Malawi Parliament to help ensure that they maintain critical functionality in an effective and safe working environment, amidst Covid-19
When the going gets tough, as is the case with the Covid-19 pandemic, the tough get going. Mapathons by nature require the physical presence of community member volunteers to add missing information to an online map. Before we could do ours, Covid-19 hit, and we decided to go digital.
At a village a couple of weeks ago I eavesdropped on a conversation between a group of women as they were having their communal lunch. In their discussion they unanimously agreed it is common nowadays for their households to miss breakfast and that they look forward to having lunch as the first meal of the day.

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