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Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world. According to the World Bank, approximately 70% of the population lives below the international poverty line of USD 1.90 per day. The Malawian population is heavily dependent on rain-fed agriculture, which makes it vulnerable to climatic shocks, as evidenced by increasing food insecurity due to droughts. The country also faces anticipated risks such as floods, prolonged dry spells, epidemics, pest infestations, and earthquakes.

The humanitarian context in Malawi has demonstrated the importance of having access to reliable and timely data. There is also equal importance for collaborating to collect, use, and share these data to prepare and implement an effective humanitarian response. The humanitarian sector faces the challenge of non-operational data platforms, resulting in a fragmented approach to data collection, management and dissemination.


Humanitarian Coordination and Information Management
Starting in September 2021 and in collaboration with the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator Office (RCO) and the World Food Programme (WFP), the iMMAP program aims to strengthen information management coordination by improving the capacity of data producers to collect, process, analyze, and disseminate timely information to decision makers.

The project builds on the institutional and human resources currently available within the government’s Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA), which is mandated to coordinate emergencies in Malawi, and develops mechanisms and tools to strengthen Information Management (IM) processes. Therefore, the project strengthens and streamlines existing processes by ensuring local ownership of the proposed workstreams.

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