Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) Malawi has granted 10 organisations $26 million to implement environment and natural resources management projects to minimise problems in electricity production in the country.
The allocation is part of the $350 million Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) energy compact that seeks to improve infrastructure, power sector reforms and environment and natural resources management.
Speaking after presenting the grants in Mangochi last week Thursday, MCA-Malawi chief executive officer Susan Banda said eight of the beneficiary organisations will implement projects focusing on integrating social issues and gender in environment and natural resources management while the remaining two would focus on social and gender enhancement.
Beneficiaries include We-Effect, Foundation for Irrigation and Sustainable Development (Fisd), Self Help Africa (SHA), Training Support for Partners (TSP), Concern Universal (CU), Africare and Circle for Integrated Community Development (Cicod) in the area of agriculture, environment and natural resources management projects.
Women’s Legal Resources Centre (Wolrec) and Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace are other beneficiaries.
United States of America (USA) Ambassador Virginia Palmer encouraged women to participate in the projects which require their participation to benefit from them while contributing to achieving the greater objective of the projects.