Jenipher Changwanda

From Observatory

Jenipher Changwanda headshot.jpg
Jenipher Changwanda

Jenipher Changwanda is a Malawian journalist specializing in gender reporting for the Center for Collaborative Investigative Journalism.

Latest by this author

Jenipher Changwanda is a Malawian journalist and photographer specializing in gender reporting for the Center for Collaborative Investigative Journalism. Her work has been published by the Guardian, the New Humanitarian, Yale E360, AllAfrica, and the Centre for Investigative Journalism Malawi.

Co-authors: Freddie Clayton | Yale Environment 360 | May 2024
A record-breaking drought, fueled by the El Niño weather pattern, has caused widespread crop failure and national emergency declarations in Zambia, Malawi, and Zimbabwe. Without harvests of maize, the staple food, millions in the region are facing a severe hunger crisis.
Co-authors: Freddie Clayton | The New Humanitarian | March 2024

Millions of Malawians are struggling with the impacts of back-to-back climate disasters that have deepened the poverty of subsistence farmers and undermined the ability of the cash-strapped government to help.

Feature | July 2024

On July 9, 2024, the global journalism collaboration Covering Climate Now announced 51 winners of the 2024 CCNow Journalism Awards.

Now in its fourth year, the CCNow awards program has become a recognized standard for excellence. This year’s winners hail from around the world, from outlets big and small, and, together, their work represents the leading edge of climate storytelling.

What happens in the weeks and months following a disaster? Here, journalists Jenipher Changwanda and Freddie Clayton poignantly document cascading tragedies that plagued a Malawi farm community after Cyclone Freddy crashed into the country in March 2023. The region’s food system collapsed, and there was the horrific uptick in sex trafficking, evidence of how climate disasters often weigh uniquely on women and children. Changwanda and Clayton round out their reporting with a smart exploration of solutions that could help mitigate this scale of harm in the future. The story “leaves a strong and lingering emotional impact,” judges said.

Feature | September 2020

Jenipher (Jane) Changwanda is a Malawian journalist with seven years of experience in the field. She discusses her new story, co-published with CCIJ, called “Collecting water dangerous for women and girls,” which tells the story of villages in Malawi that have been subjected to intermittent and unreliable water supply for the past 22 years. She talks about how that story came to be and how water scarcity poses a danger to women and girls globally.

Research areas


Have you signed up yet?

We’re building a guide for everyday life, where experts will educate you about our world.