Activities in Malawi

Overview & key elements of interventions

  • The African Development Bank Group commenced operations in Malawi in 1972.
  • It has invested over USD 1 billion on concessionary terms in all sectors of the country’s economy.
  • In the water and sanitation sector, the Bank has financed 7 projects and 2 studies for close to USD 95 million.
  • The Bank’s funding in the water and sanitation sector fully complies with the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS) and the Bank’s 2013-2017 Country Strategy Paper.
  • The Bank’s current portfolio in Malawi includes the National Water Development Program (NWDP) amounting to USD 48.3 million. The Bank’s support to NWDP focuses on increasing access to sustainable rural water supply and sanitation services and improved water resources management.
  • Recent flagship projects in the water and sanitation sector completed in the country with Bank financing include:
    • Integrated Rural Water Supply and Sanitation project for Ntchisi and Mzimba Districts with 12.5 million USD funding, completed in 2008.
    • The District Water Supply III project with 16.8 million USD funding, completed in 2006.
  • The Bank has also financed two studies on sanitation and water supply for district centres.
  • In line with the Bank’s Ten Year Strategy (2013-22), CSP (2013—17) and the Millennium Development Goals, the Bank will continue to be a key development partner for Malawi’s water and sanitation sector.

Recent and ongoing projects

  • The Bank approved the National Water Development Program (USD 48.3 million) in 2008. This project involves the provision of sustainable rural water and sanitation facilities in Lilongwe, Zomba, Mulanje and Machinga districts. The project will construct and rehabilitate 4,096 boreholes and 17 gravity fed water supply schemes, 200 sanitation facilities in schools, health centres and other public places, and build the capacity of the districts and national water resources management. The project will benefit about 1.2 million people. The Project is financed by a loan and a grant from the African Development Fund (the soft loan arm of the AfDB Group), and the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI) Trust Fund hosted by the AfDB.
  • The Bank is also managing a USD 14 million AusAID-funded component of the National Water Development Program focussing on seven market centres in the four Bank-supported districts of Lilongwe, Zomba, Mulanje and Machinga. The project will enable an additional 50,000 people to have access to basic water and improved sanitation facilities through the construction of seven piped water supply schemes, rehabilitation of existing water sources and provision of sanitation facilities in public and communal places such as schools, market and health centres. Management systems using local operators will be established and hygiene and sanitation awareness will be enhanced.
  • Other ongoing projects include three African Water Facility (AWF) supported projects:
    • Strengthening water sector monitoring and evaluation (EUR 1.894 million): The objective of the project is to ensure the availability of reliable data and information in the water sector. The project aims at strengthen institutional capacity for the water sector data and information generation, collection, storage and analysis;
    • Improving water and sanitation access for the urban poor in the City of Blantyre (EUR 610,790): This is the  first direct collaboration by the Bank  with an NGO in Malawi and involves a pilot project aimed at facilitating access to water supply and sanitation using special revolving funds for water and sanitation investments for the urban poor;
    • Songwe River Basin Development Programme (EUR 3.549 million):  This is a trans-boundary project benefiting Tanzania and Malawi. The project supports the investment preparation for the River Basin Development Program which includes preparation of designs and joint investment projects.

Latest update May 2013