Collaborating Partners

International

The Programme is in collaboration with two Norwegian Institutions of higher learning:

  • Agricultural University of Norway (NORAGRIC)
  • University of Agder

The idea is to enhance collaboration in research and development on issues pertaining to climate change mitigation and adaptation in the Basin.

National

At national level, the Programme is collaborating with various government and nongovernmental institutions, programmes and projects that are implementing similar climate change response projects such as the Ministry of Development Planning and Cooperation. National level collaboration is also sought through two institutions that have been established by the Programme; the Programme Steering and Management Committees. The programme is also collaborating well with Department of Trade through OVOP in the promotion of New Income Generating Activities (IGAs) being implemented in the hotspots such as; the Department of Fisheries through the Research Unit in Monkey Bay and the District Fisheries Office in the provision of quality control, group dynamics, and business management trainings in order to equip the groups in their businesses. The private sector-Easy Pack Company Limited also collaborated well with the programme on the development of fish packaging materials. The programme is also collaborating with WALA and RAB processors and Ex-Agris (private sector businesses) on pigeon peas and chillies production and marketing. The is again good collaboration with Meteological Department is the installation collection of meteorogical data and installation of weather equipment.

Local

The project will is being implemented using existing decentralized structures anchored within the District Assemblies of Zomba, Machinga and Phalombe. These District Assemblies are fully aware of the project and are involved in the implementation of community projects in the hotspots. The Programme is working at strengthening, motivating and encouraging greater cross-sectoral collaboration among district councils, so that they take a greater part in decision-making and planning the use and conservation of their natural resources. Local Village Natural Resource Management Committees, Community Based Organizations, and other local resource user groups are empowered by the Programme to co-manage and/or manage and make decisions about their community resources (land, flora, fauna, water), engage in dialogue with local government officials, and actively participate in local resource governance and development.