CEM exhibits at at All energy

CEM exbits at All Energy in Scotland. CEM staff were alongside the sister organisation CES exhibited at the All Energy Event at the Exhibition Center Glasgow. CEM is represented by the Country Director Edgar Bayani, CEM Trading Manager Morton Kaunda and CEM Board Member Harriet Chiwaula

Scotland fundraises for CEM

Scotland fundraises for Community Energy Malawi. During the All Energy Exhibition, Community Energy Scotland organised a raffle draw in aid of CEM Trading - CEM social enterprise. The Scotland Malawi Partnership and Triodos Bank among others offered hampers as presents

CEM organise District Learning Links

With the aim of fostering positive engagement between CBOs and their respective district councils and helping district council officials appreciate the impacts that various CEDP projects are having on communities, CEM organised district learning links, this was done to empower communities demand energy projects or any other projects from their district representatives, as well to give the district council the urge to champion different energy projects that will meet community needs. Each district learning links constituted 6 district officials, comprising of the District Commissioner, Environmental District Officer, District Education Manager, District Social Welfare Officer, District Council Chairman, District Community Development Officer. 15 members from new CBO, 30 members from old CBO members CEM officers

CEM builds capacity in 12 CBOs

As a way of ensuring sustainability of projects, Community Energy Malawi conducted capacity building trainings in its 12 partnering Community Based Organiations (CBOs). The 12 CBOs are; Chiwinzi CBO in Ntchisi, Mnzona CBO in Dowa, Lipenga CBO in Lilongwe, Kuntiyani CBO in Balaka, Umodzi CBO in Machinga, Longwe CBO in Phalombe, Chididi CBO in Neno, Chibothera CBO in Nkhotakota, Fwasani CBO in Mzimba, Ndife amodzi CBO in Likoma, Maukako CBO in Chitipa and Namikango CBO in Nsanje. The major topics of the training were; General CBO Management, Community Energy Planning, PV Operation and Maintenance, Financial/Business Management and Efficient Cookstove Operation and Maintenance. The trainings targeted 20 people from each CBO in consideration of gender. In general, the trainings were successful and the participants reported that they will put the gained knowledge to use.

CBO learning journeys

Learning journeys was an activity organised with the aim of strengthening networking and peer to peer interaction between and among CBOs as well as experience and skill sharing of old and new CBOs. The learning journeys were conducted in 6 districts, namely, Balaka, Chitipa, Neno Nsanje, Phalombe and Machinga. New CBOs toured projects that old CBOs are overseeing to appreciate as well as learn from the projects. Each learning journey constituted 30 members from old CBOs and 15 participants from new CBOs including Village Heads The learning journeys had several topics under discussions, some which include Impacts of solar projects on communities, measures/financial models that old CBOs put in place in order to ensure sustainability of the projects, challenges on projects and possible solution to projects challenges. CEM officers facilitated the meetings whilst the hosting CBO took a leading role in sharing different issues in regards to the projects.

CEM takes 6 more CBOs on board

In a bid to reach out to many people, Community Energy Malawi embarked on new CBO identification exercise. This exercise saw 6 new CBOs benefiting from Scottish funds that CEM received. The newly identifield CBOs are: Ipenza in Chitipa, Mpilisi in Balaka, Mphunya in Machinga, Binje in Neno, Luso in Nsanje and Changa in Phalombe. CEM works with 12 CBOs in 12 Districts in Malawi, 4 Districts in each region (North, Central and South).

160, 000 pounds funding from scotland to CEM

Scottish generosity continues to anchor the development of CEM with the recent announcement of a further £160,000.00 for CEM. The announcement was made by Hon. Humza Yousaf, the Scottish Min-ister for Europe and International Development during his visit to Mzona CBO in Traditional Authority Kayembe in Dowa. Mzona CBO is implementing a cook stove making project that was started with funding from Scottish Government under the Malawi Renewable Energy Acceleration Programme (MREAP). “I am delighted to announce that just before I left Scotland we had approved a further £160,000.00 funding to Community Energy Malawi so that this good work continues” Was quoted the Hon. Minis-ter to a deafening thunderous applause from the hundreds of people gathered at Kayembe Primary School Ground. With this funding, CEM will be able to implement a water pumping project that did materialise under MREAP due to budget limitations as well as strengthening of CEM Trading, the trading arm formed to strengthen the ongoing technical support to communities


Wind Empowerment team from Scotland delivered a three day in house training to CEM. The training aimed at equipping CEM members with necessary skills to conduct market assessment for small scale solar and wind energy. Installation of two wind loggers in Mzimba – at Fwasani and Elunyeni, marked the end of the empowerment exercise. Data is being recorded which will be analyzed to assess whether wind energy can be realized in the two locations.

Market assessment for Renewable Energy Technologies (RETs) in Malawi

Community Energy Malawi carried out market assessments for various Renewable Energy Technologies across Malawi. The assessed technologies included Wind, Biogas, Solar Home Systems, Pico Solar, Hydro and PV mini-grids. The market assessments were carried out in conjunction with the University of Strathclyde and Wind Empowerment.