Joint UNICEF-WFP Strategic Position Paper on Shock-Sensitive Social Protection in Malawi

Malawi is a shock-prone country, with high poverty levels and a developing social protection system. Each year, regular social protection mechanisms have been complemented by cyclical emergency responses to other shocks (e.g. cyclones, droughts). Humanitarian and disaster risk management actors have joined forces with the social protection sector to adapt to this challenging context, characterised by high needs and risks. This collaboration has resulted in the institutionalisation of Shock- Sensitive Social Protection (SSSP) as a key objective of the Malawi National Social Support Programme II (MNSSP II), among other key documents including the National Resilience Strategy.

Over the last five years, UNICEF and WFP have collaborated to support the Government of Malawi to advance the use of social protection for addressing shocks and stressors, through a blend of advocacy, capacity strengthening, operational support and analytical services. This document articulates a continued joint commitment to support the Government to better meet the differentiated needs of vulnerable populations now and in the future.

The Joint UNICEF-WFP Strategic Position Paper on Shock-Sensitive Social Protection in Malawi has been produced by Carlota Rego (UNICEF) and Diana King (WFP). Valuable inputs were provided by Beatrice Targa (UNICEF), Tayllor Spadafora (UNICEF) and Nicole Carn (WFP). Published by UNICEF and WFP in Lilongwe (Malawi), March 2022.