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2012 - 2015 Projects

Malawi Development Projects 2012/13 - 2014/15



Organisation: The Co-operative College

Project Title: Supporting Co-operatives in Malawi

Total award: £397,769 over three financial years (2012-2015).

This new project will provide education and support to co-operatives in Malawi which help small farmers to improve their incomes. Through education, mentoring and other support, small farmers will be helped to form and improve their own member-controlled businesses and as a result, will be able to improve yields, diversify their crops and through joint marketing, get better prices for their harvest, leading to improved livelihoods. The project expects direct beneficiaries to number 10,000 men and women, around 2,700 of which will attend training on starting and running a co-operative business.


Organisation: CBM

Project Title: Expanding Participation of Persons with Disability

Total award: £317,296.95 over three financial years (2012-2015)

Through empowerment of Disabled People’s Organisations, this project will advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities and will effectively interact with the Government of Malawi to increase their participation in the development activities of the decentralised government structure. The impact will be a strengthened accountability function of civic society towards government, and reduced poverty levels amongst people with disabilities in the three target districts of the project. The project aims to mobilise representatives of up to 380,000 persons with disabilities in these districts.


Organisation: Chance for Change

Project Title: Chance for Change “Leading Malawi”

Total award: £385,814 over three financial years (2012-2015)

This project comprises an innovative personal development and leadership programme which will offer advice and training to encourage the next generation of Malawian youth to develop the skills needed to take control of their own personal development. It will also provide support to help them pass on the skills, strategies and motivation to others in their communities. Within three years around 4,600 young people will access the information, training and support through youth fora which will help improve their health, ability to contribute to their communities and access to jobs and further education.


Organisation: Active Learning Centre

Project Title: Empowering Women As Local Leaders

Total award: £179,455 over two financial years (2012-2014)

This project will help to consolidate democracy in Malawi through a cascade training programme which will build a network of up to 2,000 women across the country and provide them with skills, knowledge and confidence to become candidates in the 2014 local government and parliamentary elections and to become effective leaders in their community.


Organisation: Scotland Malawi Partnership

Project Title: Malawi Scotland Partnership

Total award: £192,473 over three financial years (2012-2015)

This project will support a co-ordinator post for the Malawi Scotland Partnership (the Scotland Malawi Partnership’s sister organisation). It aims to establish an effective Malawi led and Malawi owned national umbrella organisation which is able to bring together, support and add value to the many civil society links between Scotland and Malawi. The project will provide advocacy, training and capacity-building, resulting in less duplication and more sharing of relevant skills and experience plus the establishment of a resource base which will enable vulnerable and isolated communities to be better equipped to counter poverty.




Organisation: Imani Development

Project Title: Trading with Climate Smart Supply

Total award: £359,883 over three financial years (2012-2015)

Working in Mzuzu, Thyolo and Balaka, this project will stimulate sustainable economic growth in Malawi through the development of agricultural value chains. The project will improve the competitiveness of the tea, coffee and pigeon peas value chains, in an inclusive, climate smart and pro-poor manner in order to deliver improved smallholder incomes and reduce natural resource degradation.


Organisation: International Resources and Recycling Institute (IRRI)

Project Title: Rural Off-Grid Energy Kiosks

Total award: £182,702.16 over one financial year (2012-2013)

To address the problem of inadequate supply of basic electricity, this project will deliver an innovative and viable off-grid community electrification solution which has real potential to increase rural Malawians’ socio-economic opportunities, allowing them to be incorporated into a national strategy for the electrification of rural Malawi, based on renewable energy technologies. This application is technically sound and fits within the wider renewable energy work we have funded Strathclyde University to undertake.


Organisation: Oxfam Scotland

Project Title: Women farmers access value-chains and adapt to

climate change

Total award: £382,238 over three financial years (2012-2015)

This project will improve poor women’s economic, social and environmental resilience through participation in value chains, increased status and adaptation to climate change. 15,000 female-headed households in the Lilongwe, Dowa and Mchinji Districts will have improved income, food security and great capacity to adapt to the impacts of climate change. We have funded previously successful Oxfam projects in Chiradzula, and welcome their expansion into these new areas.


Organisation: Scotland Malawi Business Group

Project Title: Aquaculture Enterprise Malawi

Total award: £22,727 over one financial year (2012-2013)

As a six month pilot, this project will encourage smallholder farmers to engage in small-scale commercial aquaculture for both income generation and food supply reasons and will help deliver the means to do so. An output of the project will be a comprehensive business plan for the creation of a revolving loan scheme servicing smallholder farmers wishing to diversify into commercial fish farming. The project will also look at the potential for diversification of pond culture operations from primarily subsistence livelihoods into viable businesses. The study will benefit from a well qualified, highly appropriate team that includes a global leader in aquaculture.


Organisation: Challenges Worldwide

Project Title: Capacity Building for Enterprise – Sustainability


Total award: £399,990.36 over three financial years (2012-2015)

Building on the success of previously funded Scottish Government projects, Challenges Worldwide will help build the capacity, performance and viability of private enterprise in Malawi through the development and application of local business advisory and consultancy skills. This will support the development of small and medium enterprises through appropriately trained and qualified staff operating as a social enterprise.




Organisation: Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) Scotland

Project Title: Ntcheu Integrated Maternal Health Project

Total award: £399,427 over three financial years (2012-2015)

Working through VSO Malawi, this project will improve the skills of clinical staff, specifically midwives, to provide quality maternal services whilst improving the knowledge and health seeking behaviour of 70 villages in two traditional authorities of the Ntcheu District. The project will also explore linkages with other organisations in Ntcheu to address climate change and will support motherhood groups to further mitigate against the negative impacts of climate change.


Organisation: Sue Ryder

Project Title: Mobile Clinics in rural Malawi

Total award: £240,845 over three financial years (2012-2015)

This new project aims to provide regular access to healthcare services in rural areas, working with the Sue Ryder Foundation in Malawi. Through the use of already established mobile clinics and the provision of professional healthcare services, this project will improve the health of people with asthma, epilepsy and/physical disabilities in rural communities in Balaka and Ntcheu. As well as enabling access to healthcare in rural areas it will also provide much needed equipment for disabled people such as walking sticks, and medicines to control long term health conditions.


Organisation: University of Edinburgh, Global Health Academy

Project Title: ICT to Improve Rural Maternal Health

Total award: £399,447 over three financial years (2012-2015)

This project will improve the maternal and neonatal health of the rural population served by Nkhoma Hospital, and its 9 health centres, by linking together patient held paper records (health passports) with an electronic record system to create a continuum of care from pregnancy to delivery. This will ensure that essential health interventions are carried out and all health staff (in hospital and in community) share essential life saving information.


Organisation: University of St Andrews

Project Title: Enhancing Healthcare Training

Total award: £260,156 over three financial years (2012-2015)

By facilitating the transfer of skills, processes and technology, the aim of this project is to help the College of Medicine fulfil its central role, given to it by the Government of Malawi, in the training of doctors and allied health professionals (including clinical officers) and to enhance the numbers and future performance of these crucial groups of health care professionals. The University of St Andrews has a historic relationship with the Malawi College of Medicine and we have funded two previously successful projects that have substantially increased the number of medical students the college can train each year. This project will build on that previously successful work as well as developing the undergraduate curriculum and training for allied health professionals.


Organisation: University of Dundee

Project Title: Introduction of PROMPT course (Practical Obstetric Multi Professional Training)to Malawi

Total award: £241,681 over three financial years (2012-2015)

This new project will reduce maternal mortality and morbidity through the introduction of PROMPT training – a proven team approach to recognition and management of emergencies in maternity care, that will increase the knowledge and ability of individual maternity health care workers. This project will work with the School of Anaesthesia which is soon to merge with the College of Health Sciences in Malawi. The funding will be implemented using a ‘train the trainers’ method and the funding includes the supply of medical mannequins to allow in-depth training on a variety of obstetric emergencies.


Organisation: Ipact, University of Aberdeen

Project Title: A Sustainable Rural Midwifery Model

Total award: £397,786 over three financial years (2012-2015)

This new project will involve Aberdeen University collaborating with Robert Gordon University to work with the Ministry of Health in developing a sustainable model for midwifery education and practice. This will involve reviewing, evaluating and strengthening the training and support of community midwives in rural Malawi; to develop and sustain their skills and improve recruitment and retention. Ipact, who are based at the University of Aberdeen, are experts in the field of maternal health and this project will link in with a wider Sub Saharan Africa project which is applying for EU funding to evaluate the best method by which to increase maternal survival rates in rural areas. The outcome of this project therefore has the potential to have a wide ranging impact across Africa in improving maternal health.




Organisation: Link Community Development Scotland

Project Title: Supporting School Improvement in Malawi

Total award: £381,526 over three financial years (2012-2015)

This project will improve the access to and availability of quality primary education for all in rural Malawi by enhancing the sustainability and effectiveness of school and district evaluation, planning and improvement processes. It will also work to strengthen and promote greater synergy between district education performance plans and Malawi’s national education inspection and advisory services. The project builds upon previous work funded by the Scottish Government to improve the standard of primary education and has been well received by the Government of Malawi.


Organisation: The Healthy Lifestyle Project (North Lanarkshire


Project Title: Aiming Higher in Malawi Schools

Total award: £89,300 over three financial years (2012-2015)

This project will improve and increase the teaching and learning opportunities, number of students and exam performance in Physical Science, Mathematics, ITC and Enterprise for Secondary School Students within the Mulanje South West and Thyolo East locality. The project will particularly focus on new opportunities to significantly increase the participation and exam success for girls through the creation of Mother Groups and Girls Go For Health Groups. These groups will provide training and support on issues such as violence against women, prevention of HIV/AIDS, early pregnancies and marriages for youths (male and female).


Organisation: Scottish International Relief / Mary’s Meals Malawi

Project Title: Mary’s Meals Under-Six Feeding Programme

Total award: £400,000 over three financial years (2012-2015)

This project aims to improve the health, nutrition, intellectual, social and emotional development and school readiness of pre-school orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in Malawi. 6,000 orphans and vulnerable children will attend 44 community centres across Malawi, receiving two hot nutritious meals every day. Malnourished children will also receive food supplements and those presenting with acute and chronic health problems will be supported to access appropriate health care and medical attention. OVC will also be educated in line with the Malawi National Curriculum on early childhood education.