UN-Habitat in Malawi
Country Information

Total Value of UN-HABITAT Investments: US$1,252,113

Total Number of UN-HABITAT Projects: 6 project

Capital:   Lilongwe

Major Cities:  Malawi is divided into 28 districts within 3 regions. Its major citiies are Lilongwe, Blantyre, Zomba, Kasungu, Mangochi, Karonga, Salima, Nkhotakota, Liwonde and Nsanje.

Population

15.91 million

2012

GDP

US$4.264 billion

2012

GDP growth

1.9%

2012

Urban population (annual %)

16%

2012

Population growth rate (average annual %)

2.9%

2012

Urban population growth rate (average annual %)

3.8%

2012

Rural population growth rate (average annual %)

2.7%

2012

source: World bank report

In the period between 2008-2013, UN-Habitat had activities in Karonga, Nsanje Chikwawa District, and a slum upgrading and city development strategy project in Blantyre, Lilongwe, Mzuzu and Zomba.

Donors: The donors for these projects were mainly European Commission, IBRD World Bank, UNDP Malawi, Cities Alliance and FAO.

Implementing Partners:  UN-Habitat worked with several partners namely FAO,COOPI, CARE, UNDP, NGO CCODE, UNDP, Habitat for Humanity, Christian Aid to name a few.

Projects

Project Description
Project Objective
Branch

REGIONAL MULTI-SECTORAL DRR ASSISTANCE PROGRAMME FOR SOUTHERN AFRICA (UN-Habitat Basc Infrastructure , Shelter and Urban Risk Assistance)
Four main specific aspects are addressed through the UN-Habitat project:1Weak capitalization of practices and weak institutionalization at the Regional, National and Local level across and within the 3 countries. 2. Lack of instruments to train city managers and planners in DRR/M in Southern Africa and vulnerable cities (i.e. Karonga, Malawi; Antananarivo, Madagascar; Xai-Xai, Mozambique). 3. Need of technical support on disaster-resistant architectural solutions in the 3 countries by partnering agencies and NGOs. 4. Need to develop low-cost practices of reconstruction and retrofitting in affected areas of Mozambique (Gaza and Zambezia: Cyclone Funso, 2012)
Risk reduction and rehabilitation

Urban Household Sanitation Improvement Project, Lilongwe City, Malawi
The overall Goal is to improve the living conditions of the urban poor by facilitating access to affordable and environmentally friendly sanitation facilities, better sanitation practices, personal hygiene and food security through better management of human excrements.
Urban basic services

Support to Living with Floods in Chikwawa District, Lower Shire Valley, Malawi
The overall goal is to reducevulnerability to floods of communities living in low lands prone to low and moderate flooding byreinforcing local capacities and applying sustainable coping solutions through innovative small-scale mitigationinterventions for floods to support the alternative strategy of Living with Floods rather thanrelocation.
Risk reduction and rehabilitation

Malawi City Development Strategy and Slum Upgrading Programme Phase
To improve the lives of poor people living and working in the slums and informal settlements in urban areas; to build capacity of government. Local authorities and communities to effectively address poor living conditions in the slums and develop strategies to reduce further slum growth.
Urban planning and design

Support the Establishment of a Technical Centre for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation for Southern Africa (DIMSUR)
The main project objective is to support the establishment of the DIMSUR with the mandate of providing DRR and CCA assistance and knowledge to address the needs of national programmes, and therefore reduce the vulnerability and build the resilience of communities to natural hazards.
Risk reduction and rehabilitation

REGIONAL MULTI-SECTORAL DRR ASSISTANCE PROGRAMME FOR SOUTHERN AFRICA (UN-Habitat Basc Infrastructure , Shelter and Urban Risk Assistance)
Analysis of food security risks and vulnerabilities in hazard prone urban and peri-urban areas, and develop alternative tools for participatory planning, land use and building norms to address food security related issues
Risk reduction and rehabilitation