Scottish Government Climate Justice Fund Water Futures Programme led by Strathclyde University

Prof. Robert M. Kalin

The Government of Scotland has been

supporting a programme of work for several

years (2011 to date) with the clear objective

of supporting the Government of Malawi to

achieve compliance with United Nations

Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG6).


The Programme is implemented through

a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

between the Government of Malawi and the

University of Strathclyde.


This CJF Programme started in 2011 initially

targeting the district of Chikwawa to develop

information led decision making by the District

Government. In 2015, seven additional districts across the Lower Shire were engaged to scale the approach and widen access.


The activities of the Programme are focused into 4 distinct work streams that support key activities to underpin the knowledge base and capacity of the Government of Malawi. These are:

Asset Management and Data Collection (mapping)

Research and Knowledge Exchange

Capacity Building

Policy Support

First mapping of water points completed. Evaluation of groundwater sources and management.  

Second mapping of water points and risks to water points completed. Evaluation of temporal changes to groundwater resource resilience evaluated.

Several training in Hydrogeology, IWRM and permaculture. Continues visits to Scotland and Malawi

Mapping of 8 Districts to be completed. Improved work streams framework: Mapping, Capacity, Policy and Research. 










Project starts in Chikwawa District


Permaculture, Drilling Practices and implementation of IWRM approach evaluated.  Global conference on Transboundary Aquifers held in Glasgow

Programme extended to 8 Districts and 2019 (CJFII). Further engagement with MoAIWD.

Work on Borehole Forensics and drilling practices. Engagement with Water Boards


Mapping complete in the whole county. Progress on Borehole Forensics, SDG indicators and NWRA implementation

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