Malawi: Strengthening Technical and Institutional Capacity to Manage Climate and Disaster Risks

Context and Objectives

In 2015, the Government of Malawi undertook a Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) and developed a Recovery Framework with financial support from the ACP-EU NDRR Program. The project Strengthening Technical and Institutional Capacity to Manage Climate and Disaster Risks was approved in November 2018 and will build on the institutional and policy needs identified in 2015 and support key policy reforms in Malawi. 

One of the recommendations of the PDNA was to better align key DRR policies in Malawi. This ACP-EU NDRR project supported the formulation and validation of a new DRM bill, by financing technical inputs to the bill. To operationalize the new DRM bill, the project supported the development of Operational Guidelines, which clarified the roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders. In addition, the project enabled a technical review of three sectoral policies: the National Urban Policy, the National Meteorology Policy, and the guidelines and roadmap for building safe and resilient schools.

Additional funding for this project was granted in February 2020 to facilitate the integration of climate change and DRM in urban strategies and planning in major urban centres of Malawi, as proposed by the Malawi National Urban Policy. This new funding is dedicated to undertaking a comprehensive flood risk assessment for Lilongwe City by developing tools for city-level flood risk management and contributing to hydrologic and hydrodynamic modelling. The main counterparts for this new component are the Lilongwe City Council in close collaboration with the Department of Disaster Management Affairs.

Main Activities

  • Component 1: Strengthening institutional and technical capacity of the government for managing climate and disaster risk. This component supports the formulation and validation of the new DRM bill, by financing technical inputs to the bill. To operationalize the bill, the development of Operational Guidelines are being supported, which clarifies the roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders.
  • Component 2: Strengthening Malawi's sectoral policies. The component is undertaking a technical review of three sectoral policies under development (the National Urban Policy, the National Meteorology Policy, and the guidelines and roadmap for building safer schools).
  • Component 3: Comprehensive flood risk assessment for Lilongwe City. The component will be developing tools for city-level flood risk management and contributing to hydrologic and hydrodynamic modelling.

Results

Government-identified priorities in the national disaster and climate agendas were successfully advanced, resulting in the adoption of crucial legislation, policies, and guidelines. These include the National Urban Policy, the National Transport Policy, the guidelines for Safer School Construction, and the completion of the Disaster Risk Management bill. The coordination of multiple sectors, namely urban, transport, and education, played a key role in advancing climate change and DRM as national agenda priorities.

Partnerships and Coordination

The key counterparts of the project are the Department of Disaster Management Affairs. Other counterparts include the Ministry of Education, Department of Urban Development, as well as the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services.

Country
Region
  • Africa
Window of Action
  • Window 2
Amount approved
  • $500,000
Duration
  • 01/2019 - 06/2021