Where We Work

ASHPP Target Districts

Currently, we are implementing projects in six districts in Malawi, namely: Rumphi in the north, Nkhotakota and Ntchisi in the centre, and Balaka, Phalombe and Chikhwawa in the south.

Criteria For Selection
Criteria for selection include high rates of open defecation; low rates of improved sanitation; low levels of investment in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); and some regional representation. The four cities in Malawi indicate very high rates of cholera year on year. Therefore a small urban programme is included in this programme targeting private investment in sanitation in public places through providing an enabling environment for entrepreneurs, review and enforcement of city legislation, and accompanied by hygiene campaigns. It is expected that this programme will provide an impetus for small towns in the districts.

In order to achieve quality implementation at such scale, significant investments will be made in capacity building. The resulting capacity will ensure better planning, development, implementation and sustained activity in the target areas and in the remaining 40% of the district areas. Key partners will be the district assemblies who have an average of 400 extension staff and 900 teachers, as well as Community Based Organisations (CBOs) and the private sector. The programme is also designed to attract additional investment from the government, partners and private sector.

Primary schools form an important component of the programme not only because 25% of the Malawi population is of primary school going age, but also because schools are considered the “learning centres” from which new ideas and practices can originate. Schools will be encouraged to prioritise WASH as well as invest their own money and seek private sector support and investment in the low-cost sanitation facilities (especially urinals and hand-washing stations). School components will integrate sanitation in the curriculum learning (ecosan and permaculture) and agricultural production in the school garden.