Building Self-Reliance for Refugees in Malawi


As of May 2019, the number of Persons of Concern (PoCs) in Dzaleka Refugee Camp has reached 38,806. The camp, which was originally designed to accommodate approximately 10,000 PoCs, is Malawi’s only refugee camp and hosts people from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, and Somalia. Due to the camp’s policy, PoCs have limited income-generating opportunities.
Since June 2018, Trickle Up has been building the capacity of UNHCR Malawi and Churches Action in Relief and Development (CARD) to deliver Graduation so that refugees and host communities can build their self-reliance. The project anticipates targeting 200 participants for 18 months in Dzaleka Camp and its immediate environs.

Our Partners

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is mandated by the United Nations to lead and coordinate international action for the worldwide protection of refugees and the resolution of refugee problems. UNHCR’s primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. Trickle Up and UNHCR have been partners since 2013.

Churches Action in Relief and Development (CARD) is UNHCR Malawi's and Trickle Up's current implementing partner for the Graduation pilot. CARD, a local NGO in Malawi, provides relief and emergency services and implements development programs in the areas of agriculture and food security, environmental management, and disaster risk management.

Dzaleka Camp and Lilambwe & Besela villages nearby, Dowa District, Malawi


Start Date: 6/2018
End Date: 8/2019


Number of Participants: 200

Vulnerable Populations

Women, Rural, Refugees, Extreme Poor

Project Components

Stipend for Consumption Support, Asset Transfer, Coaching, Savings/Self-Help Groups (savings and credit services), Technical Livelihood Skills Training, Financial Literacy and Capability Training, Legal Services, Healthcare Services