Malawi WINS & Co 2.0 – Malawi WASH in Schools & Communities 2.0

Contract partner: Viva con Agua Österreich – Leben mit Wasser Country: Malawi Funding amount: € 243.500,00 Project start: 01.10.2023 End: 30.09.2025

Short Description:

Overall goal

1. Sustainable access to drinking water for 16,120 people in the Traditional Authority (TA) Chauma in Dedza district in Malawi.

2. Increased gender equity in community based management of waterpoints and pursuing economic opportunities.


Expected results

1. 16,120 people have access to safe water supply through rehabilitation of 39 boreholes and drilling of 21 new boreholes in schools and communities;

2. A complete hydro-geological and geophysical survey of the project area is available;

3. 60 Water Point Committees (WPC) manage and maintain the boreholes;

4. 60 Borehole Banking (BB) Trainings have empowered Borehole Banking Committees (BBC) to manage micro-credits and improve their livelihoods through savings and loan schemes;

5. Sustainable management of Community Forests (CF) has contributed to improvement of microclimate and groundwater levels.

Target group / Beneficiaries

The project targets people who have no access to safe sources of water.

(Defining access as having a safe water source within premises, water within 500m of premises or within 30 minutes of walking -including the time for walking there and back and for queuing-).

By means of its variety of planned activities, the project will reach direct and indirect beneficiaries on the micro (service provider, community, household), and meso (district) levels.

Total number direct beneficiaries: 16,120 individuals (7,684 male, 8,436 female).


- Rehabilitation of 39 non-functional boreholes and drilling of 21 new boreholes, based on the existing needs assessment;

- Establishment of a comprehensive groundwater map of the project area, through hydrogeological and geophysical survey;

- Formation or revamping of 60 WPC, responsible for operation and maintenance of boreholes and training them in CBM (Community Based Management);

- Training 60 Water Point Committees in the Borehole Banking approach;

- Linking WPC with local mechanics through service and maintenance contracts;

- Establishment, protection and sustainable management of Community Forests in order to improve water retention in the soil and on groundwater level;


24% of the target area’s population rely on unsafe water sources for their drinking water and personal hygiene, while women are structurally disadvantaged and the area faces climate change issues.

The Project “Malawi WASH in Schools and Communities (WINS & Co) 2.0” is the follow-up project to Malawi WINS & Co, which was implemented in the same area from 2021-2023. In due course of the initial project, comprehensive data on all boreholes in the target area is available. However, it is insufficient to predict future trends regarding the climate change, hence the need to conduct a hydro-geological and geophysical survey.

The proposed project directly fits into the local WASH District Strategic Investment Plan (DSIP) and contributes to longer-term environmental and socio-economic resilience, improved human health, and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 6 as well as the EU GAP III Objectives.

ADC-co-financing rate: 54,89%

project number 2319-11/2023
source of funding OEZA
sector Wasserversorgung und sanitäre Einrichtungen
modality Project-type interventions
marker Environment: 1, Biodiversity: 1, Gender: 1
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    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
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