This is a summary report of activities conducted by Alexandra Miller from the University of Strathclyde (UoS), under the Climate Justice Fund: Water Futures Programme (CJF), during the visit from 3-13th August 2017.
The main aim for this visit was to begin implementation of a trial of the new mobile mapping technology that UoS is advocating for uptake by the Government of Malawi, to create an asset register of nation-wide water points, water quality data, sanitation sites, waste disposal sites, community sites, borehole drilling data and household sites. It is key that in addition to new data, legacy data is imported to the new platform. This legacy data includes:
- Government’s water point database as provided to UoS;
- Water point dataset compiled by Atkins Consultancy (2012) and provided to UoS by the
- NIRAS database;
- Water point and sanitation site mapping from Water For People (WFP), collected annually in Chikwawa since 2012 using the AkvoFLOW online platform as part of the CJF project;
- Water point and sanitation site mapping data currently being collected as CJF Output 1 in the southern 8 districts of Malawi – Chikwawa, Mwanza, Nsanje, Blantyre, Chiradzulu, Mulanje, Phalombe and Thyolo.
Their investment model is an ideal match for the Government of Malawi as following initial set-up (supported by UoS) there are no on-going fees for support or server storage. This means sustainable monitoring and evaluation capacity remains in place long after projects and donors end their financial support.