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Summary of an exchange visit of Inter Aide’s team of Mozambique and local partner Osuwela

In june 2017, the program managers of InterAide in Mozambique and the director of the cooperative Osuwela visited the project of Malawi, in order to :

  • get some understanding of how Malawi extended the maintenance programs in other districts
  • get some learnings of the collaboration with local partners for supply chain
  • assess similarities and differences in project implementation and follow-up

It was also an opportunity to get some learnings from the other aspects : well constructions, sanitation and hygiene sensitization, EcoSan…

The document in link (in french) summarizes this.

General overview

vendeuseList all related tools for the identification, training, follow-up of Partners shops.

bouton Selection

bouton training

bouton operation

bouton ME

Listing of tools and documents related to spare parts retailers

Selection / recruitment

  • Memorandum of Understanding with shop owners


  • Initial guidelines trainings
  • ddd


  • Receipt books
  • Price lists
  • Posters explaining  roles of each spare parts
  • Sign posts
  • Posters
  • Flyers

Monitoring & Evaluation

 Quantitative Qualitative

Complete catalog:

BASEDA and TIMMS, local NGO developing maintenance programs

BASEDABASEDA –  BAsic SErvices Developing Agency – (or Madzi Mjigo in chichewa) is a malawian NGO created in 2006, intervening on maintenance since 2007 in the district of Lilongwe, and since 2012 in the district of Dedza.[1]

[1] Initially, BASEDA was also doing prevention concerning HIV/AID

TIMMS logoTIMMSTikonze Mjigo Maintenance System – is the branch for the South region (Zomba, Chiradzulu, Mulanje) and is operating since 2009.

The methodology used is the same than Inter Aide to identify, train, support and follow AMs and spare parts retailers. All organisations are working closely together for a good coordination and developing the maintenance approach at national level.

All are working closely hands in hands with DWOs (District Water Offices) and District Councils, especially in the monitoring of all these networks and the quality of the services provided.

Pictures of the workshop held in 2016


Photos Inter Aide

Examples of AM’s intervention

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Photos Inter Aide


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Photos Inter Aide

General social data and situation concerning access to water and sanitation facilities in Malawi

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The Republic of Malawi, also nicknamedThe Warm Heart of Africa“, is among the smallest countries in Africa. The Great Rift Valley traverses the country from north to south. Lake Malawi, the third-largest lake in Africa, comprising about a third of Malawi’s area.

The land forms high plateaus, rising to elevations of 2,130 and 3,002 meters (6,988 and 9,849 ft) at the Zomba Plateau and Mulanje Massif respectively.

Malawi is among the world’s least-developed countries. The economy is heavily based in agriculture, with a largely rural population, although, extreme weather, rapid population growth have made farming difficult.

Malawi has a low life expectancy and high infant mortality. There is a high prevalence of HIV/AIDS.

Although official figures show Malawi to have good water supply coverage, the number of people with reliable access is far lower as many hand pumps are broken, leaving no choice but to go back to unsafe water sources.

The WASH interventions : district of Phalombe

Phalombe District is located in the Southern Region of the Republic of Malawi, 80 kilometers south of the commercial city of Blantyre and 400 kilometers (5 to 6 hours) from Lilongwe.

Phalombe District has a population of 355,312. Its density is one among the most important of the country – 230 persons per

It is divided in 7 TAs (Traditionnal Authorities) – Chiwalo, Jenala*, Kaduya, Mkhumba, Nazombe, Nkhulambe, Phalombe Boma -.

*Jenala is the TA where Inter Aide is currently working in WASH.

Jenala is one of the TAs with fewer access to safe water : less functionnal boreholes and shallow wells than in other TAs and less served by the major gravity fed systems that can be found in Phalombe district thanks to the water that can flows from the Mulanje Mountain.

Although the sanitation coverage is not so bad (almost 60% of households equipped with basic latrines), mots of these structures collapse during rainy season because they are of low standards and because of unstable soil (sandy, esp. in Jenala).

This situation leads to increased prevalence of water and sanitation related diseases which contribute to poor health. The mortality rate for under 5 children in Phalombe is the 2nd more important one of the country – 160‰.

TA jenala

Jenala is divided in 8 VDCs (Village Development Committee headed by Group Village Headmen) which corresponds to almost 65 villages and 20 000 families.

GVH Jenal 2016