Capacity Building for Managing Climate Change in Malawi (CABMACC) is a five-year programme (May 2013 to April 2018) funded by the Royal Kingdom of Norway at the tune of NOK 60 Million to strengthen the training, research and outreach in climate change adaptation and mitigation by the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR). The goal of the programme is to improve livelihoods and food security through innovative responses and enhanced capacity for climate change adaptation.

The programme objectives are:

  • Increased capacity on advocacy, outreach,networking and mainstreaming of climate change within national policies and plans
  • Enhanced capacity by the University towards emerging local and global climate change perspectives
  • Increased knowledge, technologies and systems for climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Infrastructure Development Programme

The Infrastructure Development Programme (IDP) is supporting infrastructure developments at Bunda Campus of LUANAR and aims at widening access to university education and improving teaching and learning environment.

The IDP has five main components including:
  1. Construction of a 212 bed female students’ hostel
  2. Construction of teaching and learning complex comprising laboratories, lecture rooms and offices
  3. Rehabilitation of existing teaching and learning facilities including lecture theatres, classrooms and laboratories
  4. Improving the existing water supply which includes construction of tank, drilling of boreholes and laying water pipes
  5. Rehabilitating the sewage system by connecting the proposed new infrastructures to fit in the existing sewer line, replacing old pipes, and upgrading of sewerage oxidation of ponds

Network for Enhanced Livelihoods

The Network for Enhanced Livelihoods (NEAL) is a grouping of partners who are implementing different livelihoods and climate change adaptation programmes with financial support from NORAD and the Royal Norwegian Embassy (RNE). The partners include: The African Institute of Corporate Citizenship (AICC); The Development Fund (DF) of Norway (Secretariat for NEAL); Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD); Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR); National Association of Smallholder Farmers in Malawi (NASFAM); Total Land Care (TLC) and We Effect.

The goal of NEAL is to improve service delivery in livelihoods programmes for impact and sustainability. The purpose is to improve coordination, networking, learning and sharing of best practices in the areas of sustainable food security and climate smart practices among NORAD and the Royal Norwegian Embassy supported programmes in Malawi in a way that increases quality and impact and reduces duplication of service delivery.

Skills Development Programmes

The government of Malawi with funding from the World Bank will implement a Skills Development Project (SDP). This four year project builds on the World Bank’s New Education Strategy 2020 and the IDA’s “Skills toward Employment and Productivity” (STEP) framework, which proposes a sequenced combination of education, training, and labor market activities to improve skills needed for productivity and economic growth.

The project aims to promote equitable opportunities for skill development to rural youth from poor and vulnerable backgrounds. The project supports the development of different occupational categories within priority areas, such as professionals, middle level and vocational occupations. It is expected that this will ensure greater synergies between the skills development and academic/education sectors and pave the way to life-long learning and better labor market outcomes. At country level the project has targeted the public universities and Technical Entrepreneurial and Vocational Training Authority (TEVETA). These institutional have developed various Institutional Implementation Plans (IIP) that will increase access to vocational and higher education. In this regard, the LUANAR is to introduce other teaching and learning delivery modes that will allow more students to access its academic programmes. The emphasis of the SDP IIP Luanar component is to expand the Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode.