Water For People-Malawi is an award-winning development organization that works to build a Malawi where all people have access to safe drinking water and sanitation, and where no one suffers or dies from a water or sanitation-related disease. Water For People-Malawi has grown from implementing small projects in widespread areas to concentrated efforts in a few targeted regions, namely rural areas of Rumphi, Chikhwawa, and peri-urban Blantyre, that strive toward sustainable outcomes. We engage with the local community, private sector, local government, and civil society to build resilient water and sanitation systems that function for the long term, without the need for external support.
Water For People-Malawi strongly believes that the greatest challenge to achieving full and lasting water and sanitation for Everyone is not necessarily the lack of finance or technology, but rather the ‘tried and tested’ approaches that go unquestioned, yet have consistently proven unsustainable or have failed to have impact on a larger scale. Thus the results have been wasted investments and failed systems that don’t last, and perpetuate the very cycle of water poverty that those investments and systems set out to break.
Water For People-Malawi works differently. We believe that software solutions, i.e. capacity building of service providers like pit emptiers in Blantyre, institutional arrangements like Water User Associations, system finance like the AtWhatCost life cycle costing work in Rumphi and Chikhwawa, annual monitoring, and governance and accountability, are not secondary to hardware solutions, but are actually complementary to long-term success. As such, a key operational activity for Water For People is facilitating and fostering a well-functioning support environment that provides the framework for water and sanitation entrepreneurship to thrive. We believe this approach will enable a future of resilient communities, vibrant economies, and healthy families.