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Renewable Energy

More than 90% of the population in Malawi depends on biomass source of energy, only 10% has access to the national grid power system covered by Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM). This negatively influences several development sectors including health, education and economy, and hugely affects the environment.

The Chitipa District Health Office (DHO) in Malawi is excited with the Green Inclusive Energy (GIE) project which Community Energy Malawi (CEM) is implementing in the district. The DHO lamented at the lack of technical backstopping on solar PV and other renewable energy systems installed at health centres in the district. 

“We have several partners who support us with solar installations and usually 2 or 3 months down the line, the systems breakown because of lack of professional maintenance”, said Dr Bandawe, Chitipa’s DHO.

The Chitipa District Health Office (DHO) in Malawi is excited with the Green Inclusive Energy (GIE) project which Community Energy Malawi (CEM) is implementing in the district. The DHO lamented at the lack of technical backstopping on solar PV and other renewable energy systems installed at health centres in the district. 

“We have several partners who support us with solar installations and usually 2 or 3 months down the line, the systems breakown because of lack of professional maintenance”, said Dr Bandawe, Chitipa’s DHO.

Community Energy Malawi (CEM) is currently working in a rural and remote area to promote uptake of green and inclusive energy with support from Hivos Southern Africa.

The project area is Balaka District, located in the south of Malawi. The district covers an area of 2,193 square kilometre representing 2.4 percent of the total land area of Malawi. It is the twentieth largest district in the country and the seventh largest in the southern region of Malawi.

Universal health and universal access to energy are both global and Malawi development goals. However, not enough attention is given to their interdependence and their strong relationship. There are grave consequences of energy poverty on health indicators. Hivos Southern Africa's partner under the Green and Inclusive Eenergy programme, Malawi Health Equity Network (MHEN), trained community groups at the Endindeni Health Centre in Mzimba district, located in a rural area in northern Malawi on the importance of linking energy supply to health outcomes.

The sound of water rushing in small waterfalls over the jagged rocks is soul soothing, if you care to it listen closely enough. The damwall like structure known as the intake weir constructed to harness water required to power the Chipendeke micro-hydro scheme gives the water a sudden force to rush over the rocks as it flows downstream. For the Chipendeke community, wayling the water at a hillto where the river snakes has brought hope and literally light to the village.

Hivos Southern Africa in partnership Action 24 and the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate held a community awareness tour on green and inclusive energy.

The theme of the roadshows titled: "Green and Inclusive Energy Advocacy Public Outreach & Awareness" was aimed at increasing community awareness and uptake of renewable energy technologies at the community level.

Though the reality of climate change is widely acknowledged in Zimbabwe, the country which is currently facing socio economic challenges has limited resources to implement measures to tackle the challenge.

Wilberforce Namanya is a farmer in Bushenyi District in Western Uganda.  Wilberforce and his family live on a hilly unfertile rocky land. Farming on this piece of land has been difficult for a long time.  The Namanyas had always dreamt of becoming commercial farmers but this was thwarted by the nature of the land on where their household is located. This has since changed with the use of bio-slurry (a semi-liquid mixture from a biogas plant that can be used as fertiliser and pesticide).  Wilberforce constructed his first 6 cubic meters biogas plant in 2010.

James Namara is a retired public servant living in Ntungamo district. James constructed his biogas plant in 2010.  Since that time, he has been using bio-slurry to fertilize his farm.  He developed a lot of interest in the bio-slurry use and production that he has now become a model farmer in his district.

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