CJF II 2015 -2021

In order to gain a better understanding of the water-related problems facing Malawi (i.e. water quality, drilling procedures, tariff development, water management, social behaviour etc.) MSc and PhD studies conducted by  the University of Strathclyde are supporting the Climate Justice Fund: Water Futures Programme and strengthening the links between Scotland and Malawi via academia, private and public utilities, associations and public administration.


Thus, the Climate Justice Fund: Water Futures Programme has developed an outstanding network of water professionals not only in the Chikwawa District and Southern Region, but across the whole of Malawi.


This research and capacity building is resulting in improvements in water supply coverage through the adaption of better borehole drilling practices and the identification of the main problems associated with unfunctional boreholes. 


We are currently working to achieve the Programme’s goals through our work streams. So far, the summary of recent exemplar achievements is:

  • 8 districts in the Lower Shire have been mapped. 87 Government of Malawi field staff (data collection) and nearly 50 district, regional and national staff have been trained and provided the ‘Dashboard’ data analysis tools in the mWater Platform.

  • Significant recognition and engagement across all levels of Government of Malawi of the Programme, from the current Minister with water responsibility through district and local levels.

  • Knowledge transfer and training both in Malawi and in Scotland for over 150 individuals on a wide set of areas including hydrogeology, water chemistry, introduction to engineering and drilling best practice, water governance and quality and economic regulation.

  • Introduction of a trial for around 20 ‘hi-lift’ versions of the afridev pump to allow water to be raised and stored in above ground tanks for onward distribution to health or school buildings as an example without any additional power requirement.

  • Facilitating the first 300 m capable drilling rig through private sector investment partners to allow deep water drilling in Malawi of particular value for both drier parts of Malawi, areas affected more directly by ground water level changes, climate change and for more intensive agriculture.

  • Introduction of borehole forensic testing to allow detailed analysis of boreholes to assess the competence of the drilling carried out and wider borehole construction and to in detail understand water quality and sustainability of the borehole.

  • Engagement with a wide stakeholder group on a broad set of water issues, health sanitation nutrition and water efficiency and integrated catchment management among others. 


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