A Selection of Our Recent Accomplishments

  • Water Quality Testing for Rumphi and Nkhotakota WADA project handpumps
    • Scope: Water quality analysis for 250 wells, in both rainy and dry season. Covers whether pumps are producing water meeting Malawian Government and WHO Standards on water quality. It involved collecting samples and analyzing for total coliform, E. coli and arsenic.
    • Schedule: December 2016 to July 2017
    • Budget: USD$89,334 (not including consumable laboratory supplies)
    • Client: Global Environment & Technology Foundation (USA)
  • Coordination of Community of Practice Thematic Discussions
    • Scope: Coordinated and moderated a joint 6-week WASH thematic discussion on LinkedIn hosted CoP (https://www.linkedin.com/grp/home?gid=1238187).
    • Schedule: August to December 2016
    • Budget: USD$15,000
    • Client: UNOPS Geneva/Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC)
  • Research on Solutions for Pit Desludging and Subsequent Sludge Management in low income urban areas in Malawi
    • Scope: Research team, also involving Master’s and PhD scholarship students, will field test a variety of new, innovative, desludging tools.
    • Schedule: July 2013 to November 2016
    • Budget: USD$199,000
    • Client: Water Research Commission (South Africa) through a grant from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Sanitation Marketing
    • Scope: Support sanitation marketing using low-cost technologies initiatives that will improve access to sanitation with a focus on rural areas. In fifteen targeted districts, facilitate the process of learning, sharing of information, increase awareness and documentation of sanitation entrepreneurs’ best practices at a district level.
    • Schedule: December 2013 to June 2018
    • Budget: MK216,719,985 (cumulative)
    • Client: UNICEF (Malawi)
  • WASH and Disability
    • Scope: In Rumphi district, 15 control villages will receive standard CLTS and different 15 villages will receive CLTS after training and support in inclusive WASH programming. The project will develop tools for assessing WASH access for people with disabilities, document prevalence and nature of WASH access problems for people with disabilities, and provide guidance on potential mitigation strategies.
    • Schedule: July 2014 to November 2016
    • Budget: Austrian Dollars $145,200
    • Client: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (United Kingdom)
  • Mzuzu SMART Centre
    • Scope: The SMART Centre focuses on the practical implementation of low-cost household level water and sanitation technologies. This is accomplished through promotion of appropriate technology, training of entrepreneurs, and build-up of businesses to support self-supply.
    • Schedule: June 2012 to December 2014
    • Budget: USD$203,429
    • Client: Foundation Connect International (The Netherlands)
  • Integrated WASH Intervention in Low Income Areas in Mzuzu and Karonga Project
    • Scope: Private Sector Sanitation and Hygiene Participation in Mzuzu and Karonga: set up sanitation demonstration centres (model latrines); training in sanitation marketing and UCLTS; and support entrepreneurs delivering solid and liquid waste removal and deposition services.
    • Schedule: January 2015 to April 2017
    • Budget: €69,309
    • Client: Malawi Red Cross Society (Implementing partner, the Netherlands Red Cross through an award from the European Union)
  • Peri-Urban Sanitation Project MIS
    • Scope: Design an information system to capture and process information related to management of sanitation and solid waste in six informal settlements within Mzuzu City (Zolozolo, Mchengautuwa, Masasa, Chiwanja, Chiputula and Luwinga).
    • Schedule: November 2014 to March 2015
    • Budget: MWK4,680,000
    • Client: Plan Malawi (through an award from the European Union)
  • Sanitation Marketing Research
    • Scope: Sanitation formative marketing research and capacity building in sanitation marketing in Chiradzulu and Thyolo
    • Schedule: August to October 2015
    • Budget: MK4,000,000
    • Client: Development Aid from People to People (DAPP) (Malawi)
  • Global Sanitation Fund
    • Scope: Implement, monitor and evaluate innovative sanitation and hygiene programs in the Country Region and to share lessons learned with collaborating partners. Research conducted in Balaka, Chikhwawa, Nkhotakota, Ntchisi, Phalombe and Rhumphi.
    • Schedule: July 2012 to December 2014
    • Budget: USD$212,000
    • Client: Government of Malawi with Plan Malawi as an implementing agent
  • SHARE Grant
    • Scope: Research in Private Sector Participation in the delivery of Sanitation and Hygiene Services – analyze and understand the involvement of the rural private sector through the sanitation chain in programme implementation and recommend measures to mitigate against the challenges.
    • Schedule: August 2013 to December 2014
    • Budget: £30,075
    • Client: Government of Malawi, Ministry of Water Development and Irrigation
  • Cost Evaluation of Rural CLTS and SanMark Initiatives in Malawi
    • Scope: Research in Rumphi district on Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) and SanMark lessons-learned and applicability of approaches to achieving results efficiently, particularly from the perspective of understanding costs of and barriers to rural communities achieving and sustaining open defecation free (ODF) status.
    • Schedule: July 2014 to September 2014
    • Budget: MK2,070,000
    • Client: Water for People (Malawi)
  • Water Quality Testing for Rumphi and Nkhotakota Total Landcare WADA project
    • Scope: Water quality analysis for 347 wells. Covers whether pumps are producing water meeting Malawian Government and WHO Standards on water quality. It involved collecting and analyzing data on total coliform, coli, fluoride and arsenic.
    • Schedule: August 2013 to August 2014
    • Budget: USD$51,740 (not including consumable laboratory supplies)
    • Client: Global Environment & Technology Foundation (USA)
  • Northern Region Water Board Monitoring and Evaluation of Prepaid Water Meters
    • Scope: Review the implementation of pre-paid meters in the city of Mzuzu.
    • Schedule: October 2013 to February 2014
    • Budget: $200,000
    • Client: Northern Region Water Board (Malawi)
  • Sustainability and Water Quality of Elephant Pumps Research Project
    • Scope: Water quality analysis for 339 Elephant Pumps. Covered whether the pumps are producing water meeting Malawian Government and WHO Standards on water quality. Involved collecting and analyzing data on total coliform, coli, nitrate, total hardness, total alkalinity, pH, free chlorine and total chlorine.
    • Schedule: February to November 2013
    • Budget: £7,000 (not including consumable laboratory supplies)
    • Client: Pump Aid (Malawi)
  • Sustainable School Sanitation in Mzuzu, Mzimba North and South
    • Scope: Developing sustainable financing, funding, institutions, environment, technologies and social systems for school sanitation and school catchment areas.
    • Schedule: 2 years
    • Budget: €149,000
    • Client: WASTE (The Netherlands)
    • Budget: €70,000
    • Client: WASTE (The Netherlands)