National SGBV Dashboard





Role of NSO

The mandate of the National Statistical Office (NSO) is enshrined in the 2013 National Statistics Act for the collection, compilation, analysis, abstraction, publication and dissemination of statistical information, including statistics derived from the activities of any government Ministry, Department or Agency (MDA). This platform presents the latest data from 9 Spotlight districts on cases of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV), Sexual Reproductive and Health Rights (SRHR) and Harmful Practices (HP) from the National Observatory Hub (OH) launched on 14 December 2022. The importance and the role of statistical information in a coordinated and timely manner promote the use of best practices and international standards in official statistics.

Where we are

Malawi has various actors collecting data on SGBV. However, the data was not collected using harmonized tools and was not properly stored. This affected evidence-based decision making

How far we have gone

Following a GBV IMS Mapping Report in 2020, supported by UNDP through the EU-funded Spotlight initiative Programme on tools, actors and the GBV Information Management system in Malawi, it was observed that GBV data was in silos and that it is not properly managed by most data producers. The mapping report recommended that NSO should harmonize the data collection and establish an Observatory Hub (OH) that will be used to visualize the prevalence of SGBV cases and incidences in Malawi. By the end of 2020, NSO reviewed existing tools and developed a harmonized SGBV incidence data collection tool in collaboration with relevant stakeholders for capturing prevalence data on SGBV, HP and SRHR in Malawi.

Digital data collection

In order to maintain the SGBV OH with updated information on the prevalence of SGBV, HP and issues of SRHR, NSO was also supported with ICT equipment1 to digitize and operationalize this initiative. For the first time, data is transmitted in digital form from the community level, district health office and district police VSUs to the observatory hub. Digital 1 NSO was supported with tablets, computers, solar installation, servers and other equipment. The tablets were distributed to all CVSUs, Police Units, Districts Police VSUs, data collection is aimed at ensuring that data transmission is safe, smooth, and efficient.

The observatory hub

The OH will contribute to the achievement of quality, disaggregated and globally comparable data on different forms of violence against Women and Girls (VAWG), including SGBV/HP. The data is collected and analysed, in line with international standards to inform laws, policies, and programmes.


The data being visualized on this platform is only from reported SGBV incidents in 9 districts from service providers directly working with SGBV survivors. The consolidated data is in no way representative of the total incidents or prevalence of SGBV in Malawi. These incidents were captured after getting consent from the survivors. The aggreagation of the data has been prepared using a process that ensures no harm on the survivors, service providers or the community from which the information was taken. The data collection process has methodically mitigated the risk of double reporting of incidents. Nevertheless, the possibility of capturing double reported cases in the data trends is not entirely ruled out.