Enhancing Disaster Preparedness in Malawi

Context and Objectives

Preparedness is the first step for a shock-responsive Disaster Risk Management (DRM) structure to safe-guard the development gains in a country, achieve steady state economic growth, minimize expenditure on relief and recovery, as well as build resilience in the face of climate change. Effective preparedness systems reduce harm to the community at risk during a hazard occurrence, protects lives and livelihoods and reduces damage to property.

Following a request from Government of Malawi, the ACP-EU NDRR Program will provide technical assistance to strengthen the Government’s capacity to prepare for disasters to minimize the effects and impacts of disaster-prone areas of the country.

Main activities

The project has three components:

  • Component 1: strengthening the drought early warning system. This component will support the strengthening of the existing drought early warning system. This will be achieved through facilitating the coordination and improving the communication across ministries, departments, agencies and institutions that are responsible for drought management in the country. 
  • Component 2: developing contingency plans. This component will support mechanisms to facilitate early financing for disaster response actions through: (i) early preparation of contingency plans for selected districts in the country (ii) early preparation of contingency plans for water supply for water boards (iv) lobby for inclusion of the contingency budget in the national budget (iv) review of contingency plans once the seasonal forecast is released. The main objective of this component will be to carry out drought risk assessment and develop contingency plan that identifies in a sequenced way, actions that can be taken at pre-defined time periods as drought is unfolding.
  • Component 3: building capacity of civil protection committees. This component will support establishing and building capacity of district and community civil protection committees in selected districts which are affected by drought and floods. This component will finance activities in building the capacity of civil protection committees to implement activities that contribute to preparedness of the communities. 

The implementation of activities under this project will strengthen prediction, mitigation, response, and recovery from the effects of disasters.


This project is in its inception phase.

The implementation of activities under this project will strengthen prediction, mitigation, response, and recovery from the effects of disasters.

Partnership and Coordination

The World Bank will support implementation. The key counterpart of the project will be the Department of Disaster Management Affairs. Other counterparts include the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services, The Department of Water Resources, The Department of Irrigation and the Department of Land Resources and Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development. 

  • Africa
Window of Action
  • Window 2
Amount approved
  • $200,000
  • 07/2019 - 07/2020