Malawi Groundwater Projects

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Some of the major groundwater projects that have been carried out in Malawi include:


JICA (the Japanese International Cooperation Agency) has funded groundwater projects in Malawi, including revising the National Water Resources Master Plan.

On the JICA website is a list of many other JICA reports relating to water and agriculture in Malawi.

Scottish Government Climate Justice Fund[edit]

The Scottish Government funds the Climate Justice Fund Water Futures Programme, which is led by the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland. There are a number of projects in the programme, including mapping of water infrastructure (including groundwater sources) and capacity building in groundwater resource management practices, such as hydrogeological studies and borehole drilling practices. From the programme webpage, a number of case studies share the results of these projects.


The Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) has produced a number of reports and other resources relating to groundwater in Malawi.

Another useful resource is this RWSN guest blog post by Gift Wanangwa on borehole drilling supervision in Malawi: why it is essential, not optional.

UPGro - Hidden Crisis[edit]

UPGro is a UK government-funded research programme (2013 - 2020) that takes a social and natural science approach to enabling sustainable use of groundwater for the benefit of the poor in Sub-Saharan Africa. One of the UPGro research projects, Hidden Crisis, is being done in Malawi, as well as in Ethiopia and Uganda. The Hidden Crisis project aims to unravel the causes of poor functionality of rural groundwater supplies, specifically hand-pumped boreholes, in Sub-Saharan Africa.