Welfare Monitoring Survey 2011
The Welfare Monitoring Survey (WMS) 2011 was conducted by the Agriculture Statistics Division of the National Statistical Office (NSO) between September 2011 and February 2012. It was based on a random sample that covered 14 000 households drawn from all the districts of the country.
The WMS 2011 is the sixth of a series that started in 2005. It is part of the concerted effort by NSO to provide relevant information for monitoring the welfare status of the people of Malawi. The survey is designed to collect the minimum amount of information necessary for the identification and classification of vulnerable groups of households within the society. It is the latest in a series of instruments that have been developed to provide policy-makers with household and community level information for policy formulation and evaluation. Its questionnaire is purposefully concise and is designed to collect in addition to household’s characteristics, information which measures access, utilization and satisfaction with social services. The sampling plan for WMS 2011 is designed to provide indicators at district level. This is in line with the decentralization program of the Malawi Government.