CJF I 2011 -2015
In 2000, the United Nations forged the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In efforts towards these goals the UN also developed targets to be achieved by 2015. One target specific to this project was halving the percentage of population without sustainable access to safe drinking water. As of 2011, the World Health Organization considered drinking water coverage at 89% of the population.
In Malawi, it was estimated that nearly 2.5M people relied in inadequate drinking water supply and water points in rural areas have a high rate of abandonment. In one of the poorest districts of the country, Chikwawa, an estimated 55 percent of residents were without access to safe drinking water.
Focusing on the District of Chikwawa, the Climate Justice Fund project attempted to increase sustainability of water points through various efforts including increasing the capacity of the local government to monitor and manage water points through the use of a mapping tool, developing village-level operations and maintenance (VLOM), supporting markets for spare parts for boreholes, and in concert with partners: providing oversight on borehole construction and ensure boreholes were drilled in a sustainable and climate-resilient way.
2013 PROJECT STUDENT RESEARCH
Gaining a better understanding of water related problems in Malawi (salinity, water quality, drilling procedures, tariff development, water management, social behaviour etc.). Results from MSc and PhD studies have been feeding the CJF knowledge during these years.
Strengthen the links between the Scotland and Malawi through universities, utilities, associations and public administration. CJF have developed an outstanding networking with the water professionals across Malawi, although specifically focused on Chikwawa District.
Improving water supply coverage through the adaption of better borehole drilling practices and the identification of the main problems associated with unfuctional boreholes.