Coordination at both national and district levels will help mitigate the threat that subsidized projects pose on the GSF programme in Malawi, a progress report has suggested.

The GSF programme which is supporting the country in reducing open defecation and in increasing access to improved sanitation, coverage and use of safe hygiene practices, adopts the Community Total Led Sanitation, a non subsidy approach to the promotion of sanitation.

“The prevalence of sanitation hardware subsidies in some of the GSF target districts by other actors poses a risk in the sustainability of programme activities and behavioural change,” the report observes.

According to the report, the most affected districts are Nkhotakota and Ntchisi.

There is fear, according to the report, that while it is being managed by the concerned District Coordinating Teams and district sub grantees, the risk could spiral to other districts as well.

In a separate development, the GSF in Malawi says Skyloo and Forsa Altena latrine types could help fight open defecation in areas where soils render it difficult to have durable latrines.

According to the progress report, some target areas are rocky and prone to flooding due to high water table, making it is difficult to dig pits among other challenges.