Malawi Innovation Challenge Fund

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Arkay Plastics and SAFI partner on the production of a low-cost Household Water Treatment and Storage Unit
The road to safe and affordable drinking water; Arkay Plastics and SAFI partner on the production of a low-cost Household Water Treatment and Storage Unit

With support from the Malawi Innovation Challenge Fund (MICF), Arkay Plastics Limited and its partner, SAFI Water Treatment Solutions, started manufacturing locally a Household Water Treatment and Storage Unit that aims at providing a simple yet effective point of use solution to the challenges of poor quality drinking water that plagues many parts of the country.

Norwegian Ambassador to Malawi Kikkan Haugen speaking at the press conference.
Speech by Development Partners Representative at press conference marking end of phase one of national registration

We are pleased because fortunately the results that that will be announced by Honorable Minister of Home Affairs & Internal Security will not be carved in stone. Bio-metric kits have been left behind in Mchinji, Ntchisi, Salima, Nkhotakota, Kasungu, and Dowa,-- all the Phase 1 districts -- so that anyone who could not be registered, will still be counted. This will be the procedure for every phase. Even after the 5 phases are completed at the end of the year, there will be continuous registration for all districts beginning in 2018. No one will be left behind. These numbers will change as Malawi approaches universal coverage for all its citizens. "One person, one identity, one card".

A farmer in Malawi checking his crops
Catalyzing Green Investment with a National Climate Change Fund for Malawi

Following in the footsteps of Rwanda, Malawi with support from UNDP has embarked on its own journey to establish a national climate change fund to help put the country on a greener development path. Noting the need for Malawi to mobilize more domestic resources to tackle its climate change challenges, the UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, Ms. Claire Medina, reflected on events over the past two years. “Malawi is still recovering from cumulative impacts of the 2015 floods followed by severe drought during the 2016-17 cropping season. We should all be concerned about the increasing geographical coverage and damage from such disasters.” This trend is more worrying as projections for the region point to increased frequency, severity, and volatility for Malawi’s weather systems. Participants at the workshop agreed on the need to scale-up household resilience and climate-smart agricultural practices, while also embracing cleaner sources of energy.

Overcoming Poverty in Malawi through Sustainable Environment and Natural Resource Management: Identifying Policy Options to Accelerate Poverty Reduction
Identifying Policy Options to Accelerate Poverty Reduction

The Government of Malawi through the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development with financial and technical support from the UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative launched a report titled “Overcoming Poverty in Malawi through Sustainable Environment and Natural Resource Management: Identifying Policy Options to Accelerate Poverty Reduction”. This report presents insights from a series of investigations to explore the poverty-environment connection in Malawi and to identify sustainable pathways for poverty reduction by quantifying poverty and environment linkages.

Mia Seppo, Resident Representative UNDP and Jen Marshall, Head of DFID Malawi during tea sampling
From Commodity Tea to Innovative High Value Addition

On 22nd of May 2017, Satemwa Tea Estate opened a new factory and packing unit in Thyolo district, in the southern part of Malawi. Satemwa aims to move away from the traditional black tea commodity market and enter the high value niche export market for artisanal tea and flavoured tea bags. This will enable the company to mitigate the risk of fluctuating global tea prices and assert itself as a major player in the more lucrative niche market. It was supported with a grant under the Malawi Innovation Challenge Fund (MICF).

Among the companies supported by MBS, under the SQAM project is Nali.
Promoting Equitable Economic Growth and Food Security through Quality Assurance

Nali Limited, founded in 1974 by the late Mr. Edward Khoromana, is a food processing company whose niche is pepper sauce and other condiments such as vinegar and honey. Their pepper sauce is in several flavours i.e. chicken braai, curry masala, garlic, ginger and steak braai. Nali Limited acknowledges the role which MBS is playing towards their achieving international standards suitable for any business in the industry. ISO 22000 is the international standard that specifies the requirements for a food safety management system. The SQAM project is providing technical assistance to companies, amongst which Nali, to achieve certification of international facilities on management systems. This is an ongoing process.

A Malawian lady getting registered by an officer from the National Registration Bureau (NRB) in Mchinji district
Malawi Begins Mass Registration of its Citizens

Malawi has commenced mass registration of its citizens. This activity, a result of the National Registration and Identification System project whose main objective is to support the National Registration Bureau (NRB) to have a well-established, functional and sustainable registration and identification system (NRIS) that will support improvements in service delivery, governance, economic and social inclusion, officially began on 24 May 2017.

His Excellency Shi Ting Wang, Ambassador of China to Malawi, and Ms. Mia Seppo, the United Nations Resident Coordinator being briefed on the progress of the evacuation center
Reinforcing Resilience to Natural Disasters in Disaster Prone Districts in Malawi

10 May, 2017. Lilongwe: His Excellency Shi Ting Wang, Ambassador of China to Malawi, and Ms. Mia Seppo, the United Nations Resident Coordinator undertook a half-day site-visit to Salima to appreciate the accomplishments achieved under the existing trilateral cooperation between the People’s Republic of China, the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) in Malawi, and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Dr. Timothy Ngwira, co-owner of Linga Fine foods and Winery Holding a bottle of fine peach wine
Analytical biochemist turns a Hobby to a Livelihood

Dr. and Mrs Ngwira are the proud owners of Linga wines, Malawi’s own home to premium wines. With an interest for exporting their products, the owners of the winery are now seeking certification for ISO 22000, the international standards for food safety management. ISO International Standards help businesses of any size and sector reduce costs, increase productivity and quality, and access new markets. For small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs), standards can help to: build customer confidence that products are safe and reliable; reduce costs across all aspects of your business; and gain market access across the world.

The new factory at Kanengo in Lilongwe.
Malawi begins production of “Long Life Fridge Free” margarine

On March 7, 2017, Malawi saw opening of its first margarine and baking fat processing plant at Kanengo in Lilongwe to produce a long-life fridge-free margarine called Sunspread. The plant is one of the fruits of UNDP’s Malawi Innovation Challenge Fund (MICF), funded by UK’s Department for International Development (DfID), which provides matching-grants for innovative and inclusive business projects by private sector companies operating in Malawi.

Sustainable Development Goals: Completing the unfinished MDGs
UNDP Administrator Helen Clark Statement on the Adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals

I welcome this momentous decision by Member States to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals which will guide development for the next fifteen years, offering a chance to meet the global citizenry's aspirations for a more peaceful and prosperous, and sustainable future.

Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare, Dr. Jean Kalilani hands over a copy of 2016 AfHDR to Mrs. Emma Kaliya, Chair of NGO Gender Coordination Netwwork
Government, UNDP launch the 2016 African Human Development Report

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with Ministry of Gender and Children Disability and Social Welfare on Friday, 25th November 2016 launched the 2016 African Human Development Report (AfHDR) entitled Accelerating Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Africa.

UN Volunteers in Malawi
A Call for a Hand as Volunteers in Malawi Celebrate International Volunteer Day

Volunteers in Malawi celebrated the 2016 International Volunteer Day (IVD) with a passionate call to applaud and recognise the incredible work volunteers do to create a better world for all. The 2016 IVD celebrations took place at the Children of the Nations (COTN), a non-profit organization that assists destitute children and orphans by providing clothing, food, education and other support on the outskirts of Lilongwe City. The theme of the celebration was; #GlobalApplause: Give Volunteers a Hand.

Ministry of Justice, Prison Service launch 5 year Strategic Plans
Ministry of Justice, Prison Service launch 5 year Strategic Plans

The Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs and the Malawi Prisons Service (MPS) on 3rd November 2016 jointly launched their five year strategic plans which have been aligned to the Democratic Governance Sector Strategy. Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Honourable Samuel Tembenu, SC hailed the UNDP and European Union for supporting democratic governance activities of which the development of the strategic plan for the Ministry is part. “The alignment of these strategic plans constitutes a move by the Government and stakeholders to generate coordinated pathways to desired goals in the sector, in attempting to develop and strengthen the democratic governance sector,” said Honourable Tembenu, SC. At the launching ceremony.

Malawian Women Gather for Peace Building Conference
Malawian Women Gather for Peace Building Conference

Malawian women drawn from different parts and sectors of the country on 28th October 2016 converged at the Peace-building conference at Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe where they formed the first ever National Women in Peace-Building Forum that will champion women’s equal and active participation in peacebuilding and peace processes in Malawi. The mandate of the National Women in Peace Building Forum is to mobilise a critical mass of women in Malawi to develop their capacity in order to participate actively in peace, security and humanitarian issues in the country

UNDP commemorates 50 years of development work in Malawi
Minister Hails Government - UNDP Long Time Partnership as UNDP Commemorates 50 Years of Development Work

The Minister of Civic Education, Culture and Community Development, Honourable Patricia Kaliati has hailed a long standing development partnership between the Government of Malawi and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) dating back to 50 years ago. The Minister was speaking at the 50th Anniversary commemoration event held at Mitundu Primary School in Lilongwe under the theme; Consolidating Gains, Shaping the Future.

A trader in Nessa GVH, TA Mabuka in Mulanje. Mulanje
Malawi Launches New National Trade and Industrial Policies

The Government of Malawi on the 7th of October launched the National Industrial Policy and the National Trade Policy with an aim to support the private sector in furthering economic development, generating employment and reducing poverty. The development and launch of the two policies have been supported by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

H.E., President Arthur Peter Mutharika, signs the Paris Agreement on Climate Change at the United Nations on September 20, 2016, in the presence of the Under-Secretary General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel, Miguel de Serpa Soares
Signing of Paris Agreement a milestone on Malawi’s path to climate-resilience

At the High-Level Event on Entry into Force of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, held on September 21, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon characterized climate change as the “defining issue of our generation”. It is clear that the international community shares his sense of urgency. Earlier this week, sixty countries formally joined the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, passing one of the two thresholds for the climate deal’s entry into force. These countries represent 48% of global greenhouse gas emissions, falling just short of the second threshold of 55%. With this hurdle surmounted, the UN is ever more confident that the Paris Agreement will enter into force this year, making what once seemed impossible now inevitable.

Minister Calls for Collective Efforts in Promoting Sustainable Urbanization as Half of Malawi’s Urban Population Will Live in Urban Areas by 2050
Minister Calls for Collective Efforts in Promoting Sustainable Urbanization as Half of Malawi’s Urban Population Will Live in Urban Areas by 2050

The Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Honourable Atupele Muluzi has called for collective effort to manage urbanization in Malawi which rising faster than the pace of urban services and infrastructure development. The Minister told a cross section of representatives at the Habitat III Urban Breakfast in Lilongwe which was organized by the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development with support from UN-Habitat and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The Urban Breakfast was held under the theme; Financing Urban Development in the Context of the New Urban Agenda.

Malawi Develops Right to Food and Nutrition Bill
Malawi Develops Right to Food and Nutrition Bill

Government through the Department of Nutrition in liaison with civil society organisations has developed a framework law, the Food and Nutrition Bill, which seeks to effectively guarantee the right to adequate food and nutrition. The Bill also is also providing for labelling and fortification of food; provision of nutrition in schools; the establishment of the National Nutrition Council and the Food and Nutrition Fund.

Chief Secretary to the Government of Malawi, Mr. George Mkondiwa hands  over a Code of Conduct to members of Mangochi District Peace Committee (DPC) at the launch of the DPC in Mangochi
Mangochi Becomes First District to Have Peace Committee

The Chief Secretary advised members of the DPC to adhere to the Code of Conduct which they have signed. Among other things, it calls for members to exercise impartiality, professionalism, integrity and independence in order to instill confidence in their community members.

Entrepreneurs listening to a presentation at the launch of the manufacturing & logistics, and the agribusiness windows of MICF in Blantyre, July 12, 2016
DFID, KFW and UNDP Pull Resources to Support Second Round of the Malawi Innovation Challenge Fund (MICF)

The UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Federal Republic of Germany through KfW have joined hands with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to support the second round of competition of the Malawi Innovation Challenge Fund (MICF) for the Manufacturing and Logistics, and the Agribusiness Windows.

China Partners Government of Malawi, UNDP in Disaster Risk Management Through Small Grants Scheme
China Partners Government of Malawi, UNDP in Disaster Risk Management Through Small Grants Scheme
China Partners Government of Malawi, UNDP in Disaster Risk Management Through Small Grants Scheme

The Government of China has partnered with the Government of Malawi and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in supporting disaster risk management programmes through the launch of the Small Grant Scheme to community based organizations in disaster prone areas.

China, Malawi and UNDP Partner to Support Community-Driven Disaster Risk Management Initiatives
China, Malawi and UNDP Partner to Support Community-Driven Disaster Risk Management Initiatives
China, Malawi and UNDP Partner to Support Community-Driven Disaster Risk Management Initiatives

About 600 households from Msundu village in traditional authority Malanda in the northern district of Nkhatabay depend on the land along Katendeza river for farming. It is from this flat land that people from Msundu grow cassava, rice and maize crops for food and commercial purposes.

Malawi Government, UNDP launch Malawi National HDR with Parliamentarians
Malawi Government, UNDP launch Malawi National HDR with Parliamentarians

The Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development in collaboration with UNDP have launched the Malawi National Human Development Report (NHDR) with Members of Parliament (MPs). The official launch of the MNHDR whose theme is Inclusive Growth in Malawi took place at Parliament building in Lilongwe, presided over by the Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Hon. Dr. Goodall Gondwe and attended by the Chairpersons of various Parliamentary Committees in the Malawi’s National Assembly.

Malawi Launches National Quality Strategy: UNDP Calls For Inclusive, Speedy Implementation
National Quality Strategy: UNDP Calls For Inclusive, Speedy Implementation

With financial and technical support from the United Nations Development Programme and the European Union, Malawi has launched the first ever National Quality Strategy (NQS) with a call for an inclusive and immediate implementation of the strategy

President Peter Mutharika officially launch the Buy Malawi Strategy at BICC
Malawi Launches Buy Malawi Strategy

Malawi launched the Buy Malawi Strategy (BMS) in a bid to promote locally produced goods and services. UNDP supported the development and launch of the strategy in collaboration with the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the private sector. UNDP Resident Representative in Malawi, Mia Seppo commended the Ministry for its leadership and commitment towards the formulation of the BMS, saying the strategy complements other important ongoing initiatives of the Government of Malawi aimed at advancing the industrialization agenda for Malawi.

The Secretary-General’s Message on International Volunteer Day
The Secretary-General’s Message on International Volunteer Day

On this day we celebrate the power of volunteerism. Volunteering fosters creativity, draws strength from our passions and connects us to those who need us most. Volunteerism is a global phenomenon that transcends boundaries, religions and cultural divides. Volunteers embody the fundamental values of commitment, inclusiveness, civic engagement and a sense of solidarity.