Climate Proofing Local Development Gains in Rural and Urban Areas of Machinga and Mangochi Districts – Malawi

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From February 18, 2015 to February 29, 2020

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 13.2 Integrate climate change into national policies, planning
  2. 13.3 Improve learning, capacity on climate change measures
  3. 13.b Build capacity for climate change planning, management

Project ID: 4508

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Technical team

  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Ecosystem management and restoration


  • Agrobiodiversity
  • Ecosystem-based adaptation


  • Human altered areas


  • Rural areas
  • Urban areas

Transformed sector(s)

  • Agriculture

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Convening / Partnerships / Knowledge Sharing
  • Institutional mechanism and system building


  • Capacity building
  • Enabling
  • Finance economy


  • Community capacity building
  • Awareness raising
  • Institutional capacity building
  • Mainstream
  • Community engagement
  • Land rights and tenure security
  • Nature finance

Social inclusion

  • Local community/CSOs

Gender equality

  • Women's access to and control over resources
  • Women decision making
  • Women farmers

Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender responsive


  • People pathway
  • Sci-tech pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Improve resilience

SDG target(s)

  • 13.2 Integrate climate change into national policies, planning
  • 13.3 Improve learning, capacity on climate change measures
  • 13.b Build capacity for climate change planning, management

Conventions and protocols


Private sector(s)


Hot topic

  • Food and agricultural commodities strategy

About this project


Inadequate management, weak technical capacity, limited knowledge and insufficient financing hampers efforts to climate proof development interventions in Malawi at the local, regional and national level. The project aims to empower communities to integrate climate risk considerations into development policies, plans, projects and actions. The project will provide knowledge, tools, capacities and methodologies for the adoption of an ecosystems and community based approach to adaptation, which is more effective in enabling climate vulnerable people to plan for and adapt to the impacts of climate change. Knowledge will be generated and used to formulate comprehensive community-based adaptation plans. Ecological and physical infrastructure measures for water management will be adopted to regulate baseflow and reduce risk of floods, while mitigating against droughts. In addition, climate smart agriculture and safe post-harvest management technologies and practices will lead to enhanced production, reduction in grain loss and thus increased food security. Replication and sustainability of these initiatives will be secured through mainstreaming climate change considerations and financing into local development programs and a capacitated extension service and district councils.


Using ecological, physical and policy measures to reduce vulnerability to climate change driven droughts, floods and post-harvest grain losses for rural and urban communities of Machinga and Mangochi Districts of Malawi [reaching over 0.5 million people.

USD $5,468,200

Grant amount

USD $36,650,000

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Least Developed Countries Fund ($5,468,200)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of Malawi

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