Malawi 2004-05 Second Integrated Household Survey (IHS-2) Dataset

Short Name: 
MWI 2004-05 IHS-2 

The Malawi 2004-05 Second Integrated Household Survey (IHS-2) is supported by the Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) project undertaken by the Development Research Group at the World Bank. The LSMS project explores ways of improving the type and quality of household data collected by statistical offices in developing countries. Its goal is to foster increased use of household data as a basis for policy decisionmaking. Specifically, the LSMS is working to develop new methods to monitor progress in raising levels of living, to identify the consequences for households of past and proposed government policies, and to improve communications between survey statisticians, analysts, and policy makers.

The Malawi 2004-05 HIS-2 was designed by the National Statistics Office (NSO) of Malawi with technical assistance from IFPRI and the World Bank. The IHS-2 survey used two questionnaires to collect the information: a household questionnaire; and a community questionnaire. There are 29 sections in the household questionnaire and 8 sections in the community questionnaire. Survey planning and pilot testing of the survey instruments survey took place in 2003. The survey was carried out for twelve months from March 2004 through March 2005. The sample frame includes all three regions of Malawi: north, centre and south. The IHS-2 stratified the country into rural and urban strata. The total sample was 11,280 households (564 EAs x 20 households). 

Relevant documentations regarding Basic Information, Questionnaires, and Enumerator Manual, etc. are available for downloading here


First released on: 
1 Oct, 2005 
Last version on: 
1 Oct, 2005 
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Free to use, modify and distribute with due credits and citation. 
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The data are available to the public, but requests must be made to the Malawi National Statistical Office. To obtain the contact information for the request, click hereThe request should include a brief (one page) explanation of the proposed research. Once permission has been received, users may obtain the documentation and data from the LSMS Office.