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UK supports Malawi flood victims’ recovery

Lilongwe, 20 May 2019: As the Malawi Floods Emergency responses enters its second-phase running from April to June, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) has provided an additional £1.6m million (USD 2.06 million) to UNICEF, the World Food Programme (WFP), Concern Worldwide and GOAL to support recovery efforts of families displaced by floods in the southern region. This includes provision of cash transfers so that communities can withstand future shocks, nutrition support, seeds for the winter crop, prevention of post-harvest losses for smallholder farmers, rehabilitation of boreholes and continued support to mobile clinics.

“It’s crucial that we turn our attention now to early recovery, helping those affected by the floods to rebuild shattered livelihoods and homes. The UK’s package of cash transfers, seeds, health services and resilient infrastructure will help Malawians recover from some of their losses, improve their food security and nutrition, and re-build essential infrastructure such as water boreholes.” said David Beer, Head of the Department for International Development (DFID) in Malawi.

The latest UK aid funding will enable UNICEF, WFP, and the NGOs Concern Worldwide and GOAL to help flood victims achieve food security and rebuild their livelihoods. UK aid will be used for the following activities:

  1. WFP and UNICEF will support about 7,500 households benefiting from the Government’s Social Cash Transfer Programme with an emergency cash top-up in two of the worst affected districts, Zomba and Chikwawa.
  2. UNICEF’s mobile clinics will continue to support 200,000 affected people with lifesaving services and treat diseases and conditions of emergency health in nature, including cholera, and typhoid.
  3. UNICEF will rehabilitate and upgrade selected boreholes, providing solar powered water to 17,000 people in Phalombe and Machinga districts.
  4. WFP will assist 20,000 households in the target districts with Perdue Improved Crop Storage bags to reduce post-harvest losses and enhance food safety
  5. WFP will provide cash-based transfers to 21,200 people, particularly vulnerable children (6-23 months) and pregnant and breastfeeding women, to increase the nutritive value of their food.
  6. Concern Worldwide and GOAL will provide around 60,000 people with seeds and agricultural inputs so they can plant a winter crop.

“As the displaced children and families have started to rebuild their homes, it is important that they access safe water. With this funding we will support the rehabilitation of damaged boreholes and upgrade them to more sustainable solar powered models for greater resilience among targeted communities,” said UNICEF Malawi Representative a.i Roisin De Burca.

“With this additional funding, WFP will provide multi-sector support to help people most affected by floods to quickly recover,” said WFP Malawi Representative Benoit Thiry. “For instance, WFP will also support affected smallholder farmers with post-harvest food management techniques so that they do not further lose the little they have harvested.”

“The winter cropping season presents a significant opportunity to address rural livelihood restoration and prevent longer term aid dependency – but this requires quick action. The distributions of agricultural inputs that GOAL is currently facilitating in Nsanje and Chikwawa will support disaster affected families to make the most of this opportunity.” said Country Director GOAL Philippa Sackett.

“With funding from DFID, Concern is focusing on recovery and resilience of the affected population through the provision of timely agriculture-related items to help affected families to produce a ‘winter crop’. This will assist in easing immediate food and nutrition needs and decrease dependence on aid” said Country Director for Concern Worldwide Yousaf Jogezai.

In March, DFID provided £3.4 million to WFP and UNICEF to distribute food and provide health, shelter and water and sanitation services to the most-affected families living in camps. This funding has enabled UNICEF to provide safe water to over 61,317 people and latrines to 53,391 people in camps. With funding from DFID and other donors, WFP has provided food and cash assistance to 414,000 displaced people in the first cycle of the response (March/April).

The March 2019 floods affected about 800,000 people in 15 districts, displacing about 90,000 families. Two months on, the Government has conducted a Post Disaster Needs Assessment in the areas impacted by the floods to determine recovery and reconstruction needs.

DFID’s partners are working closely with the UN Humanitarian Country Team, DoDMA, Ministry of Gender, local authorities and partners to coordinate urgent assistance. The UK aid intervention will be closely coordinated with other sectors, including agriculture, education, nutrition, early recovery and protection, to ensure a joined-up relief and recovery effort.


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About UK aid

The UK is committed to spending 0.7 percent of GDP on Official Development Assistance. UK aid tackles the global challenges of our time including poverty and disease, mass migration, insecurity and conflict – aiming to make the world a better, safer and more prosperous place. For more information on the work of UK aid in Malawi visit:


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About WFP

The United Nations World Food Programme - saving lives in emergencies and changing lives for millions through sustainable development. WFP works in more than 80 countries around the world, feeding people caught in conflict and disasters and laying the foundations for a better future. For more information about WFP and its work in Malawi visit:

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About Concern Worldwide

Concern Worldwide works with the world’s poorest people to tackle hunger and transform lives. Since its foundation in 1968, Concern has gone on to work in over 50 countries, responding to major emergencies as well as implementing long term development programmes. Today, with more than 3,900 staff of 50 nationalities, Concern operates in 25 of the world’s poorest countries, helping people to achieve major and long-lasting improvements in their lives.

About GOAL

GOAL is an international humanitarian agency dedicated to the alleviation of suffering amongst the poorest of the poor. GOAL works towards ensuring that the poorest and most vulnerable in our world and those affected by humanitarian crises have access to the fundamental needs and rights of life, i.e. food, water, shelter, medical attention and primary education. It is non-denominational, non-governmental and non-political.


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For more information, please contact:

James Kessell, DFID Malawi, Lilongwe, Email: Tel: +265 887005693

Rebecca Phwitiko, UNICEF Malawi, Email: Tel: +265 999282723

Badre Bahaji, WFP Malawi, Email: Tel: +265 999972459

Yousaf Jogezai, Concern Worldwide Country Director
Email:; Tel +265

Philippa Sackett, GOAL Country Director, Email: +265 995208653