Districts

Dowa

Dowa

Land Area (km²) / Rank 3,041 km² / 15th out of 28 districts
Population (2018) / Rank 772,569 / 8th out of 28 districts
Population Density / Rank 254 persons/km² / 9th out of 28 districts

Dowa is a district located in the Central Region of Malawi, and the town is about 50km (31miles) north-east of Lilongwe.

It is an agricultural district which focuses on cotton, tobacco, maize, sweet potatoes, pulse, and groundnuts farming.

Dzaleka Refugee Camp, established by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in 1994, is located in Dowa and is home to about 34,000 refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Burundi and RwandaIt is the largest and the only permanent refugee camp in Malawi.

The camp has held the Tumaini Festival from 2014. It is an innovative large-scale music and cultural festival, developed and delivered by refugees and the host community to promote intercultural harmony, mutual understanding, and peaceful co-existence. Across the previous editions from 2014 to 2017, over 24,000 people have attended the event, and 153 performing acts from across Malawi, Africa and 15 countries in the world.

Chichewa is the main language spoken in Dowa.

  1. Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa is home to about 34,000 refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Burundi and Rwanda.
  2. The Refugee Camp has held the Tumaini Festival from 2014.
  3. Dowa is an agricultural district which focuses on cotton, tobacco, maize, sweet potatoes, pulse, and groundnuts farming.

Getting there and away

Dowa lies about 50km north-east of Lilongwe via the M1,  the M7, and the M16. Minibuses run from Lilongwe to Dowa (2 hours).