National Registration and Identification System Project

Project Overview

The programme is implemented through a UNDP-administered basked fund. UNDP is implementing the project in partnership with the National Registration Bureau (NRB). Project donors include the Department for International Development, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the European Union, Government of Malawi, the Norwegian Government, Irish Aid, USAID and UNICEF. The NRIS Programme is expected to generate transformative benefits and improvements in service delivery, governance, economic and social inclusion.


Project Goal

To ensure a permanent and continuous national registration and identification system is established in Malawi

Project output

  • Design, establish and manage the necessary systems, infrastructure and equipment for the National Registration and Identity system, employing biometrically secure Smartcards;
  • Supervise the mass registration for all eligible Malawians (an estimated 9 million) within the country in 2017;
  • Transition the system to a continuous registration model in 2018 and to develop the capacity and systems of NRB to maintain and operate the system from 2019 onward
  • Provide an interface to other public and private sector systems that allow for appropriate data sharing within a legal framework that complies with international principles and standards for the Right to Privacy and Data Protection.



Project start date:

November 2016

Estimated end date:

December 2021

Focus area:

  • accelerate structural transformations
  • Project office:

    UNDP in Malawi

    Implementing partner:

    United Nations Development Programme

    Funding Support by

    Donor name

  • United Nations Development Pro
  • United Nations Children's Fund
  • Government Of Ireland
  • Government Of Malawi
  • Government Of Norway
  • Department For International Development (dfid)
  • European Commission
  • United States Agency For International Development (usaid)
  • Amount contributed


    Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2021 $836,672

    2020 $6,190,252

    2019 $6,087,283

    2018 $15,481,810

    2017 $30,509,540

    2016 $333,954

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