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.
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.