Residents of Bisayi village. Image Credit: Citizens for Justice (CFJ) Malawi

Community-led research in Malawi leads to changes in major World Bank project

“The World Bank should consult us directly because what the government says may not truly be what we had expressed” says a community member from Lilongwe District, Malawi. This recommendation is one of dozens gathered during an extensive community-based survey of families affected by the Lilongwe Water Project, a proposed $290 million development project, which threatens the homes and livelihoods of 5,100 people.

Residents of Chimamba village participate in a community meeting. Image Credit: Citizens for Justice (CFJ) Malawi
Residents of Khomani village participate in the survey process. Image Credit: Citizens for Justice (CFJ) Malawi

“My land was measured and my photo taken on the land but I didn’t see the recorded value. Community members are also afraid that any land measured and recorded without a photo of the owner attached will be taken without compensation.”

People were not given alternatives to monetary compensation for the affected land, homestead and other assets that would be acquired for the proposed project.

The community-led survey results from people likely affected by the Lilongwe Water Project in Dedze and Lilongwe districts in Malawi. Click the infographic to view, download and share.

IAP is a human and environmental rights organization that works with communities, civil society and social movements to change how today’s development is done.

IAP is a human and environmental rights organization that works with communities, civil society and social movements to change how today’s development is done.