Project: MAL - Mangochi Basic Services Programme (MBSP) 2017-2021

Country Strategy Paper for Malawi 2012-2016: Country Strategy Paper 2012-2016

"Iceland will contribute to development in Malawi to improve the living conditions of the poor population. This will result in a more resilient population in adversity and a more resourceful one for self sufficiency." 

Iceland through its International Development Cooperation (ICEIDA) has a well-established relationship with Malawi dating back to 1989. An Icelandic Embassy was opened in Liongwe in 2004.

In 2012 The Icelandic Government through the Icelandic International Development Agency, embarked on a comprehensive development programme, at a district level in Mangochi.  The programme was called Mangochi Basic Services Programme and was implemented until mid 2017.

In November 2017 the Icelandic Government signed a partnership agreement with the Government of Malawi, for a phase II of the Mangochi Basic Services Programme, for 2017-2021.

The Development Objective (Goal) is to To facilitate the efforts of the Malawi government, and Mangochi District Council in particular, to improve livelihoods and socio-economic living conditions in rural communities in Mangochi District.

 The Immediate Objective (Outcome) is Improved provision and use of basic services; in maternal health and family planning, primary education, water and sanitation, and community development, for men and women living in rural Mangochi District.

Expected Outputs:

1.      The Makanjira health centre is upgraded to Emergency Obstetric and New-born Care (EmONC) facility and previously built maternity facilities in various TA´s are fully operational. There will be better community health services through training and logistical support at village level. The Health Management Information System (HMIS) produces better data, through provision of tools and training at input and data management levels, and upgrading of equipment. Management of health services is improved through capacity building and upgrading of facilities.

2.      Education infrastructure and services are developed in 12 target schools, located in TA´s Chimwala, Jalasi, Makanjira, Mponda and Namabvi, with emphasis on classrooms and textbooks for the first 2 grades, and Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres established in 2 of the schools. Better management of education sector through capacity building and upgrading of facilities.

3.      At least 500 new safe water points in use and further 180 boreholes rehabilitated in TA´s; Makanjira, Mponda and Namabvi.  More than 100 villages have been certified as Open Defecation Free (ODF), through a Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) programme. Management of WASH services is improved through training and logistical support at village and district level.

4.      Community development and youth programmes in place for women and youth, emphasising economic empowerment and access to literacy and skills training.

5.      Empowered District Council and its Secretariat carrying out the MBSP, and a well-planned and implemented District Development Plan (DDP), in a proper and timely manner.