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. The new ACP-EU NDRR project will support the formulation and validation of a new DRM bill, by financing technical inputs to the bill. To operationalize the new DRM bill, the project will support the development of Operational Guidelines, which will, among others, clarify the roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders. In addition, the project seeks to strengthen Malawi’s sectoral policies by enabling a technical review of three sectoral policies that are under development. The tentative selection of policies to be reviewed are the National Urban Policy, the National Meteorology Policy, and the guidelines and roadmap for building safe and resilient schools.

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).

Results
This project is in its inception phase.


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
  • $400,000
Duration
  • 11/2018 - 02/2020