This project enables the Government of Malawi to climate-proof the policies, strategies and plans of the sectors of the economy most directly affected by climate change.
Malawi, ranked among the ten poorest states on the planet, suffers from recurring droughts but also severe floods. Extreme weather events are frequent, exerting a heavy economic and human toll. Aggressive deforestation to produce coal and expand fields exacerbates the consequences of global warming. Beyond the human toll, climate disasters have serious consequences for agriculture, fishing and the purchasing power of families living sometimes on less than 50 eurocents a day.
This project supports the Government of Malawi to climate-proof the policies, strategies and plans of the sectors of the economy most directly affected by climate change, in order to create an enabling policy and regulatory environment within which vulnerable communities will be empowered to adapt to these challenges in harmony with the environment.
As part of the initiative, following in the footsteps of Rwanda, Malawi with support from UNDP embarked to establish a national climate change fund to help put the country on a greener development path. At the request of the Government of Malawi, UNDP Facilitated South-South Cooperation between Malawi and Rwanda in the area of climate finance. Results include: improved collaboration between energy regulators, improved policy coherence in the clean mini-grid sector, and increased awareness of investment portfolio planning for clean mini-grids; results under the latter include gazetting and approval by Malawi's parliament for the creation of a National Climate Change Fund; a roadmap for developing a revenue collection framework domestically for financing climate change initiatives.
Provider Country: UNDP Malawi, Rwanda
Beneficiary Country: Malawi
Supported by: UNDP Malawi, FORERWA – Rwanda.
Implementing Agency: Ministry of Natural Resources Energy and Mining, Environmental Affairs Department
Project Status: Completed (operationally closed)
Project Period: 2012-2018