Evaluating Environmental and Natural Resource Management Interventions to Reduce Hydroelectricity Losses in Malawi


Project Overview


To evaluate MCC’s efforts to reduce hydropower losses in Malawi. This evaluation assesses the implementation, effects, and sustainability of the activities funded.

Project Motivation

Hydropower is Malawi’s main source of electricity, but unsustainable land use diminishes hydropower production — a key input to economic growth. MCC’s natural resource management activities aim to reduce electricity losses and achieve environmental benefits and they aim to alleviate poverty and increase economic activity through investing in improving power supply.

Partners in Progress

  • International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
  • Kadale Consultants

Prepared For

Millennium Challenge Corporation

Consistent, reliable, and affordable electricity is a key constraint on economic growth in Malawi, where 90 percent of the country’s electricity is generated through hydropower production along the Shire River.

MCC’s $20 million Environmental and Natural Resources Management (ENRM) Project aimed to reduce disruptions and increase the efficiency of hydropower generation.

The Malawi ENRM Project (2013-2018) was designed to reduce sedimentation and aquatic weed growth in the Shire River and improve land use practices along the river with three main activities:

  1. Procurement and operationalization of mechanical equipment to appropriately remove and store excess sedimentation and weeds from the river near hydropower stations
  2. Grants to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in high-priority areas along the Shire to improve land use practices, intra-household decision-making, and women’s empowerment to reduce sedimentation run-off
  3. Establishment of a trust to provide a sustainable funding mechanism to support additional programming post-compact to improve land use practices and women’s empowerment
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Kristen Velyvis

Kristen Velyvis

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