Training the local private sector in Simple, Market based, Affordable, and Repairable Technologies


The CCAP SMART Centre Malawi

The CCAP SMART Centre Malawi is member of the SMART Centre group www.smartcentregroup.com. This group is coordinated by MetaMeta.

Our vision is:

Safe water for drinking, water for productive use and sanitation with a focus on people in rural areas in Malawi.

Our Centre is unique because:

  • We have a range of innovative low cost technologies, the SMARTechs.
  • We train the local private sector in the production and maintenance of SMARTechs but also in new innovations and business skills.
  • We have the skills and facilities to test innovations before introducing them to the market.
  • We take the responsibility for long term follow up to assure the quality of our technologies.
  • We create a ‘Profit based sustainability’ because water points with SMARTechs are low cost, spares are available and it is based on the local private sector that will continue to thrive, in case the project ends, because they make profit.
  • SMARTechs reduce the cost of communal water supply and promotes and increases options for Self-supply (Private wells). Self-supply then results in increased family incomes and food security.
  • We are rooted in the (rural) communities through the cooperation with CCAP Development Department and the interaction with the local companies.
  • We ensure safety during the drilling and digging of wells through training and the development of safety tools.
  • The SMART Centre has a fully equipped workshop, which is used for trainings and demonstrations.
  • We represent the SMART Centre approach in (inter)national fora.

 

 

Highlights

Afridev hand pump maintenance training @ CCAP SMART Centre

As part of the training program, the SMART Centre offers trainings in the maintenance of hand pumps commonly found in Malawi. Daniel Lweya, one of the interns at the SMART Centre reports on the recent Afridev Maintenance Training: "The installation and maintenance of Afridev pump training took 3 days. The mode of training was good. We received both theory and practical lessons through experienced trainers; Aaron Msiska and Kayipa Banda. Both were well prepared for the training. We managed to visit three sites where maintenance was carried out, namely SMART Centre demonstration ground, Lusangazi village and Geisha primary school. Within three days of training, nearly every trainee was familiar with components and functionality of Afridev parts, dismantling and reassembling a pump as well as identifying a problem at a water point before dismantling. Participants were enthusiastic to start maintaining Afridev pumps and promised to work hard in their localities. For instances, 4 participants who attended the training have been picked to work in rehabilitation of 5 Afridev Borehole in Karonga district. The project will help them to expand their knowledge on the same. I personally want to thank the SMART Centre for all trainings they are offering. I'm now exposed to practical and technical work, the concept which is usually missing in our university in Malawi." read more

International Training Course: “Market-led SMARTechs for water and agriculture”

The SMART Centre and SNV are organising an introductory short course to provide policy makers and practitioners in water and agricultural management with a holistic set of knowledge and skills to take water and agricultural initiatives to the next level, to become true agents of change and accelerate reaching several SDGs simultaneously. The course will take place from 19 - 23 March 2018 at the CCAP SMART Centre in Mzuzu, Malawi. The course schedule is divided into the following themes:
  • The SMART Centre approach
  • SMARTechs for agriculture and productive use
  • SMARTechs for water and sanitation
  • Business development, marketing support and coaching
For registration please send an email to info@smartcentremalawi.com, enclosing a CV as well as a short motivation letter (max. 400 words). Applications should preferably be received by the 27th of February to ensure ample visa processing time. For more information you can access the flyer through the following link: International training course flyer    

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