Malawi - Nkhata Bay Town Water Supply and Sanitation

Project Summary

Approval Date 22 Oct 2018
Signature Date 06 Dec 2018
Planned Completion Date 30 Jun 2022
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Water Supply & Sanitation
DAC Sector Code 14010
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 10,500,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The proposed project aims at increasing access to clean water and improved sanitation in Nkhata Bay Town and surrounding areas. Nkhata Bay Town has been expanding with prospects for further growth. It is a key centre for the Mtwara Development Corridor connecting the countries of Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia. The Town is a port on Lake Malawi and is a main link on Mtwara Development Corridor, a reason for which the Bank is supporting the Mzuzu to Nkhata Bay Road Upgrading. Lack of adequate water and sanitation services will therefore be a constraint for improvement of the quality of life and socio-economic development of the area. Access is estimated at an average of 37% for water supply and 45% for sanitation in the project beneficiary area, lower than national averages. The project will address the infrastructural bottlenecks that have negatively affected increased socio-economic and private sector growth and investment, while also supporting investments that enable resilience building in the country. This will also facilitate the development of the planned infrastructure and complement to improve trade and business facilitation in the Town, Mzuzu City and surrounding areas. The project will also assist to sustainably manage the country’s water resources particularly for Nkhata River and to improve community resilience to climate change and variability. It comprises the following three components: (i) Water Infrastructure Development; (ii) Sanitation and Hygiene Improvement; and (iii) Institutional Capacity Building and Project Management. The project is planned to be implemented in 48 months beginning in January 2019 with financing of UA10.5 million.

Project Objectives

The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the achievement of the country’s goals as stipulated in the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS-III, 2017 -2022) and Malawi's Vision 2020. The project development objective is to improve the health and livelihoods of the esidents of Nkhata Bay Town and surrounding areas through access to potable and sustainable water supply and improved sanitation services. The project’s main outcomes are (i) increased percentage of people with access to potable water from 37% to 90%; (ii) increased percentage of people having improved access to basic sanitation from 45% to 85% and (iii) sustained availability of reliable water. At output level, it will result in new infrastructure in terms of constructed water treatment plant, pipelines, storage reservoirs, improvement in faecal sludge and solid waste management, public latrines, community members trained and community kiosks operated.


At completion of the project by end of 2022, it will benefit 60,000 people directly in the Nkhata Bay Town and surrounding areas and additional 220,000 people will benefit indirectly whose administrative, social and economic needs depend on services offered from Nkhata Bay Town. It is expected that about 51% of the beneficiaries will be female. The project will have a direct positive health benefit, enabling improved education opportunities for women and school age children, productive/livelihood opportunities created and create more than 300 jobs during the construction phase and 50 jobs during the operation of the scheme. The project will also improve resilience of water resources to climate impacts with related improved catchment management and reduction of pollution to sustain water supply and sanitation facilities and improved private sector activities. All of these will be made possible by the improved service coverage in the intervention areas.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund


IATI identifier 46002-P-MW-E00-011
Last Update 22 Nov 2020


Contact Details

Name PHIRI Lazarus Botoman

Geographic Location

Country Malawi