Evaluation Brief: Improving Land Management for Hydropower Generation in Malawi
Evaluating Environmental and Natural Resource Management Interventions to Reduce Hydroelectricity Losses in Malawi
Millennium Challenge Corporation
- Equipment delivery was significantly delayed or canceled because of poor contractor selection and performance. By compact closeout, the delivered equipment was not in use yet.
- Due to equipment delays, the project has yet to show a reduction in disruptions to hydropower generation.
- The grant facility was successfully implemented but was constrained by a three-year intervention window and cost-reimbursement contracts that slowed grant implementation. The grant-making process sometimes relied on subjective criteria and undocumented decisions.
- The lack of early agreement between MCC and MCA-Malawi on the trust structure, a focus on implementing the grant facility, and poor contractor performance resulted in trust operations not being launched before compact closeout. It is uncertain if the environmental trust will be launched and sustained in the coming years.
MCC commissioned Mathematica to conduct an independent interim performance evaluation of the ENRM Project’s Grant Facility grants. This evaluation brief summarizes the key findings of our interim performance evaluation of the Weed and Sediment Management Activity, ENRM and Social and Gender Enhancement Fund (SGEF) grant facility, and the Environmental Trust.