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Tax breaks to improve commutes in Lilongwe

Lilongwe, 6 October 2014 — Commuters in Malawi could soon enjoy a more pleasant and reliable ride to work, as the country's new government has bowed to industry lobbying and pledged to provide tax breaks for the import of new minibuses. The move is set to make minibuses more competitive against larger buses, as well as help improve the industry's poor safety record. See more.

SDG 11 could boost Malawi's recently elected City Councillors

Lilongwe, 10 September 2014 — A strong international urban agenda can trickle down to give Lilongwe's newly elected City Councillors a boost, along with much-needed strategic direction. The city's poor can benefit through a combination of strengthened local accountability and incentives to develop a pro-poor urban policy framework. See more.

More food, less violence?

Lilongwe, 1 August 2014 — Does hunger cause crime? Experience from Lilongwe suggests that it does, and that improving urban food security can reduce crime — including gender-based violence — during Malawi's "hunger months." To make this happen, the Lilongwe Urban Poor People's Network wants to tell the city's poor about the benefits of permaculture. See more.

Community mobilising in the face of a housing crisis

Lilongwe, 9 July 2014—With a growth rate of 4.3 percent per annum, Lilongwe needs an average of 10,000 new dwellings per year to cope with demand, none of which are forthcoming. To improve the situation, local NGO CCODE works with the poor, helping them to develop their own solutions to address the housing crisis. See more.

Formalisation of minibuses in Lilongwe proposed as means to ease transportation problems

Lilongwe is a city of pedestrians. It has been estimated that some ten thousand people walk along its busy M1 motorway every day. Lilongwe is, however, not a city for pedestrians; the M1, like most other roads here, has no sidewalk, and the city's hilly terrain means walking around the city is an exercise in going uphill and downhill. There is no formal public transport in Lilongwe, although, as in many other cities across Africa and beyond, the informal sector has stepped in. Read more or discuss.