The Global Sanitation Fund-supported programme in Malawi


malawi_gsf1 copyExecuting Agency:
Plan Malawi
Programme duration:
Programme Coordinating Mechanism:
Hosted by the National Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinating Unit and chaired by the Ministry of Health
National Coordinator:
Ngabaghila Chatata, hosted by the Water and Environmental Sanitation Network


WSSCC’s GSF programme in Malawi came to an end in 2018. The Accelerated Sanitation and Hygiene Practices Programme (ASHPP) supported national goals to eliminate open defecation and to increase access to improved sanitation and promote safe hygiene practices. Notably, the Programme became the first WASH programme in the country’s history to declare an ODF district, and had the most number of ODF Traditional Authorities (26 TAs) at the end of 2017. In addition to helping more than 1.13 million people live in ODF environments, ASHPP strengthened the sector by revitalizing the National Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinating Unite (NSHCU), participating in the National ODF Task Force (NOTF), and supporting the local Water and Environmental Sanitation Network (WESNET).

Despite the termination of the GSF programme, WSSCC continues to work in Malawi through its Country Engagement Plan (CEP), supported by a National Coordinator (NC). WSSCC set the foundation for its future engagement through this mechanism in 2019. Most importantly, it helped analyse the functioning of Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) Sector Building Blocks and provided technical input for the National Sanitation and Hygiene Strategy 2018-2022 to mainstream MHM. Further, WSSCC provided technical and financial support to WESNET, a civil society network for the WASH sector that is key for improved sector coordination.

In 2020, WSSCC is building on this foundation by further strengthening WESNET as well as championing MHM and LNOB/EQND through policy advocacy and capacity development.