Community Energy Development Programme Malawi

Community Energy Scotland has been involved in supporting the Community Energy Sector in Malawi for almost 5 years now. We are currently delivering the three year ‘Community Energy Development Programme’ within the country and are actively looking to build on the success of this Programme. The CEDP is one of four strands of the Scottish Government funded Malawi Renewable Energy Acceleration ‘MREAP’ programme.


CEDP Development Officers l-r: Blessings (Central Region), Sithembile (Northern Region) and Mavuto (Southern Region)

You can access more information on the CEDP at our website .

Key Achievements of the Community Energy Development Programme thus far include the following;

  • Recruitment of 3 committed, enthusiastic and able Regional Development Officers in Malawi who work hand in hand with communities in Malawi to address their energy needs.
  • Support for and networking with Strategic Energy Partners on biogas, hydro, cook stove, solar projects.
  • Capacity building of and project development services for 12 community based organisations in Districts throughout Malawi who currently have no access to modern energy services.
  • The installation of 104 individual renewable energy installations over 43 renewable energy systems in 12 Districts in Malawi.
  • Design and creation of a Community Energy Toolkit for Malawi which you can access here
  • Aiding the organisation and hosting of Malawi's first community energy conference in Lilongwe, June 2014
  • Working closely with our partners in Malawi to launch our sister organisation ‘Community Energy Malawi’ who will drive the community energy agenda in Malawi just as Community Energy Scotland does in Scotland.


Brickettes (left) made from recycled paper and card which are used on fuel efficient cook stoves (right) as a sustainable alternative fuel source. Image taken from a CEDP training event, Mzimba District, Malawi. 


Children in Bondo community excited about the arrival of electricity in their community, Mulanje, Southern Malawi. Mulanje Renewable Energy Agency (MuREA), one of the CEDP partners, have developed an 88kW hydro scheme. The first locally owned hydro scheme in Malawi which is providing exciting opportunities for Bondo.

If you would like further information on our work in Malawi you can access the CEDP website at

If you would like to discuss how we may be able to support the community energy sector in other developing countries please contact Georgy Davis.


For recent news and updates from the CEDP, take a look at our blog here

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