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Lilongwe women leveling inequality in construction

Lilongwe, 26 August 2015 — Gender equality and women's empowerment in the Malawian construction sector has sought to bridge the gap between men and women's gender roles. There has been little involvement of women, let alone non-qualified women, in construction management. But groups of women from the slums of Lilongwe are challenging the male-dominated sector by taking construction positions. See more.

Tricycle boom offers alternative to public transportation in Lilongwe

Lilongwe, 28 July 2015 — At times, public transportation can be a nightmare in Lilongwe, where no public transportation services exist. Minibuses, taxis, and sometimes bicycles offer transportation options. Minibuses have their issues, and taxis can be costly. Yet this was the state of affairs until two years ago, when tricycles started becoming an affordable and convenient option. See more.

The future of waste: from trash to cash

Lilongwe, 24 June 2015 — Lilongwe will soon become a city of trash due to the low capacity of the local authority to manage waste. Poor women in low-income areas are ending the trash story, turning Lilongwe into a city of cash. See more.

A talk show radio programme and enumerations in Malawi

Lilongwe, 18 May 2015 — Without platforms to project their voice, the urban poor suffer in silence. A radio programme and enumeration-driven Community Strategic Plans in Malawi are challenging power and putting urban poverty issues in sharp focus for action. See more.

Locally produced cook stoves promote energy efficiency in Malawi

Lilongwe, 6 April 2015 — With formal electricity access off the table, more efficient and sustainable energy solutions for Malawians rely on simple local solutions with potentially wide-reaching impacts. One such solution is the chitetezo mbaula, or improved cook stove. See more.

Filling a vacuum: Efforts to map and enumerate Lilongwe

Lilongwe, 2 March 2015 — Civil society actors in Lilongwe are generating their own maps and data to understand urban poverty due to a gap in official statistics. Initiatives include participatory community mapping efforts as well as an open geospatial database. But more could be done. See more.

Promoting entrepreneurship to combat youth unemployment

Lilongwe, 16 February 2015 — Youth unemployment is a serious issue in Malawi, which threatens to cause instability in this comparatively stable African country. Promoting entrepreneurship is one means to engage the country's disaffected youth. See more.

Solar power for better water

Lilongwe, 6 January 2015 — Access to water in Lilongwe could be improved by a relaxed regulatory landscape and promotion of alternative means to provide potable water. Unfortunately, neither seems to be on the horizon. See more.

Mobile money for financial inclusion?

Lilongwe, 9 December 2014 — Recently-launched mobile money services promote themselves as offering secure and affordable financial transactions for Malawians, of whom only around a quarter are formally banked. Yet among Lilongwe's unbanked poor, uptake has been limited due shortcomings in the services offered. See more.

Seventy-six percent invisible

Lilongwe, 5 November 2014 — Government inability to address the poor living conditions of the majority of Lilongwe's residents has left a void increasingly filled by civil society actors. Official city development strategies, however, help legitimise their work. See more.