The Scottish Government has announced a £100,000 funding to improve energy access in Malawi, as part of its support to the Community Energy Malawi (CEM) programme.
Announced by Scotland International Development Minister Dr Alasdair Allan, the funding will ensure energy access for 10,000 Malawians and continued power supply to schools and homes. This aims to improve education, healthcare, and communication.
Allan said: “Malawi’s energy access situation is dire, in global terms, with only 9% of the population currently having access to grid electricity.
“This means approximately 15 million people living without electricity, which is a key contributing factor to the country’s continuing inability to rise out of poverty.
“This is why the Scottish Government has consistently supported Malawi in their efforts to improve energy access across the country.
Partnered with the University of Strathclyde, CEM will use the funding to continue its support for 43 Scottish Government-funded community energy installations in 12 districts across Malawi up to the end of April next year. The funding will also be used to support on-going training for these communities to help operate and maintain the systems.
Dr Allan said the Scottish Government provided £2.3m funding to the Malawi Renewable Energy Access Programme between 2012 and 2015. The programme was able to provide energy access to nearly 80,000 rural Malawians.
Dr Allan added: “We are also sharing Scotland’s world class knowledge with a Scottish Government energy policy expert supporting the development of Malawi’s first ever dedicated renewable energy strategy.”