Malawi Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey Report

Malawi MICS Snapshots of Key Findings

girl at namphota primary school
UNICEF Malawi/2021/Chagara


The Malawi Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) was carried out in 2019-20 by the National
Statistical Office as part of the Global MICS Programme. Technical support was provided by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), with government funding and financial support of UNICEF, the Royal Norwegian Embassy (RNE), German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), Global Alliance for Vaccinescand Immunizations (GAVI) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
The Global MICS Programme was developed by UNICEF in the 1990s as an international multi-purpose household survey programme to support countries in collecting internationally comparable data on a wide range of indicators on the situation of children and women. MICS surveys measure key indicators that allow countries to generate data for use in policies, programmes, and national development plans, and to monitor progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other internationally agreed upon commitments.
The basic objective of the MICS 2019-20 is to provide information on indicators for monitoring progress of attainment of the Millennium Development Goals and Malawi Growth and Development Strategy and other development programmes. Through collection and calculation of status of indicators of the Millennium Development Goals and other key social statistics indicators, the MICS data will also be used to update the socioeconomic database for policy and research.
The objective of this report is to facilitate the timely dissemination and use of results from the Malawi MICS.
The report contains detailed information on the survey methodology, and all standard MICS tables. The report is accompanied by a series of Statistical Snapshots of the main findings of the survey.

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