Tapping into digital for more effective disaster risk management in Malawi

With extreme weather events increasing in frequency and intensity, Malawi is looking to make better use of data to strengthen disaster risk management. Photo: UNDP Malawi
The digital disaster risk management information system (DRMIS), created through a collaboration between UNDP and the Malawi Department of Disaster Management Affairs, aims to support more effective and coordinated responses.
In recent years, Malawi has been experiencing more frequent and intense floods, droughts, strong winds and other extreme weather which endanger communities, agricultural activities and economic infrastructure. A unified response is critical to ensuring relief reaches those in need. Photos: Shutterstock (left), UNDP Malawi (right)
Following a successful rollout in the four initial districts, there are plans to scale up the DRMIS and eventually transform it into a nationwide system.
Much emphasis was placed on developing a system that is user-friendly and context appropriate. Considering potential outages during disasters, the system include an offline mode so users can input data even when not connected to the internet. Photo: UNDP Malawi

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