Round 3
Apr 30 2019
IDP Population

Since the beginning of January 2015, heavy rains have affected 15 districts of Malawi, in particular in the Southern Region, resulting in the displacement of about 230,000 persons. Malawi announced the Declaration of State of Disaster mid-January and a UNDAC deployed to support the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) in assessing the situation throughout the country. While approximately 250 displacement sites have been identified by DoDMA and the humanitarian community, site locations, demographics and information related to IDP needs remain weak.

In order to gather specific information regarding the status and location of IDPs and conditions in displacement sites in the context of the current humanitarian crisis, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in close collaboration with the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA), began the Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) program. The DTM is an information management tool developed by IOM and regularly used in emergencies by the Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) cluster which aims to strengthen the multi-sectoral data on displacement trends and IDPs' needs that is available to government and humanitarian partners. IOM Malawi's DTM reports are designed to regularly capture, process, and disseminate information to provide a better understanding of the needs, numbers and movements of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Malawi.

DTM assessments are carried out by IOM in partnership with non-governmental organization (NGO) partners, including Save the Children, Sustainable Rural Community Development (SURCOD) and All Hands Volunteers. Local government officers in the six most affected districts of Blantyre, Chikwawa, Mulanje, Nsanje, Phalombe, and Zomba continue to provide valuable support.