Report: The Dynamics of Deprivation in Malawi

The multi-dimensional effects of the lean season on children

 An SCTP beneficiary in Balaka receiving her monthly allowance during the lean season
UNICEF Malawi/2020/Moving Minds


This study is the first cross-sector evaluation of seasonal deprivations in Malawi. Cycles of vulnerability in Malawi have significant impacts on a range of child deprivations, including child mortality, child labour, malnutrition, poverty, food security and dietary diversity. Through examining the deprivations children face over the lean season, how these deprivations interact, and how socio-economic and climatic factors influence deprivation, this study aims to enhance the evidence base for policy and programming decisions in Malawi.

Robert Hopper
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