This work stream has, since 2011, undertaken over 60 targeted research reports to fill key knowledge gaps for decision making. This currently includes hydrogeology and Borehole Forensics, water supply contract reviews, drilling and infrastructure training and practice evaluations, water quality training and support of the Gov't of Malawi Isotope Hydrology facility, WASH JMP indicator evaluation and many additional topics.
This also includes provision of a Distance Learning MSc in Hydrogeology provided by the University of Strathclyde that is now available for NGO's, the private sector and Donors to support technical knowledge and research capacity building in Malawi and across the world

Within this work stream activities related to groundwater development, hydrogeological studies and borehole drilling practices are developed. Likewise, workshops and training related to water management, water governance or water policy are also developed among other topics. Hence, the CJF aims to improve the bond between Scotland and Malawi through learning from join and shared experiences.


The activities developed are designed and implemented to gain the highest possible impact within the water sector representatives at all the levels of the public administration. 

  • Creation of two surveys, one for field sampling and analysis and the other for laboratory analysis, that will allow for the entry of large amounts of legacy data into the mWater app. Likewise, they will provide the Government of Malawi with a survey that can be used for all field sampling and analysis and laboratory analysis as well.

  • Develop an environmental monitoring needs assessment to the Government of Malawi using the monitoring used by SEPA as a model example.

  • Working with Malawi-based organisations on assessment/spatial analysis of groundwater resources and related hydrogeochemistry (e.g. Danforth, Eagles Relief).

  • Field Demonstration of proper technical implementation to manage artesian groundwater supplies.

  • The asset registry for the Malawian labs will involve the creation of a database of all the laboratory equipment that is available in country, for which information can be obtained, and will include the make, model, serial numbers, status etc. of all laboratory equipment.

  • 7 PhD students (4 funded by University of Strathclyde and 3 co-funded through the CJF) on: Shire Basin Modelling; Transboundary Groundwater; Baseflow in Rivers; Geologic control of Salinity; Rural Infrastructure Plannin; Economic Models of Rural Water Supplies; Accounting in Rural Malawi.

  • GIS analysis and figure drafting for peer-reviewed journal publications.

  • Piloting the implementation and effectiveness of the Hi-Lift pump and continue seeking Government’s approval for implementation across Malawi. 

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