Operation: Opération: Malawi



Latest update of camps and office locations 21  Nov  2016. By clicking on the icons on the map, additional information is displayed.

Key Figures

2017 planning figures
2,100 the average number of kilocalories distributed per person per day
920 latrines will be constructed in Dzaleka camp to reach the minimum standard of one latrine per 20 people and to ensure that people of concern live in satisfactory conditions of hygiene
50% or more of people of concern will have access to lighting, and all will have access to alternative fuel sources or renewable energy for their cooking needs
30% of primary school-aged children who are currently out of school will be enrolled in schools
20% of people of concern will be supported to undertake livelihoods activities
2015 end-year results
1,974 people of concern who received shelter support
990 individuals with specific needs that received targeted assistance
5,500 Women and girls received soap and sanitary pads
74% of refugee children enrolled in primary education
100% of people of concern had access to health services
475 families received farming tools for subsistence farming 

People of Concern Personnes relevant de la compétence du HCR

Increase in
2015 23,489
2014 20,373
2013 16,935


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Year-end Overview

Plan Overview

Working environment

Malawi hosts some 27,300 refugees and asylum-seekers mainly from the Great Lakes Region and Horn of Africa in Dzaleka camp, as well as asylum-seekers from Mozambique in Luwani camp. Restrictions on the freedom of movement and access to employment opportunities keep refugees in camps, which are being managed by the Government, with support from UNHCR and partners. Due to the congestion of Dzaleka camp, the Government has identified a new site in Katiri, Karonga. 

The national refugee law is pending review as Malawi is in the process of merging its refugee and migration polices. 

Lack of adequate resources have increasing effects on UNHCR’s capacity to deliver protection and assistance to people of concern in Malawi. 

Key Priorities 

In 2017 UNHCR operation in Malawi will focus on:

•    Strengthening child protection and SGBV prevention and response mechanism;

•    finding durable solutions, particularly for refugees in protracted situations; 

•    proactively advocating the Government to mainstream refugee education into the national system; 

•    reinforcing advocacy for local integration solutions in line with UNHCR’s Policy on Alternatives to Camps to ensure attainment of self-reliance;

•    implementing a livelihoods programme to support people of concern.