Malawi seeks framework for multi-purpose water infrastructure

The government of Malawi invites expressions of interest from consultants to develop a framework and tools to advance a multi-purpose water infrastructure investment strategy. Responses are due October 8.

The government received funds from the World Bank’s International Development Agency for its Second National Water Development Program coordinated by the Ministry of Irrigation and Water Development. The ministry previously said Malawi has 1.1 billion people lacking access to improved water supply requiring investment in improved management of existing resources and construction of new water infrastructure, including hydropower projects. At that time, the ministry said it was looking at multi-purpose dam construction on the Songwe, North Rukuru, Kasitu, Bua, Shire, and Ruo rivers.

The ministry said it seeks consultants to develop a viable framework and tools for economically, technically, environmentally, and socially attractive multi-purpose infrastructure investments in water resources, linking closely with its Water Resources Investment Strategy.

Specific objectives include conducting awareness raising and capacity strengthening activities within the irrigation ministry and other key ministries, private investors, and key water users about options for multi-purpose investments. Another objective is to develop an investment framework with criteria for evaluation and issues for negotiation, milestones, and tools for identification, preparation, options analysis, financing, implementation and management of large multi-purpose infrastructure.

The work is to require four months, beginning in January 2011.

Terms of reference may be obtained from the Program Manager address below.

Expressions of interest, labeled “Expression of Interest for Consultancy Services for Development of Multi-purpose Water Investment Framework and Tools,” are due October 8 to Chairperson, Internal Procurement Committee, Ministry of Irrigation and Water Development, Tikwere House, City Centre, Private Bag 390, Lilongwe 3 Malawi.

For information, contact Program Manager, National Water Development Program, Manobec Building, Area 4, Off Paul Kagame Road, Private Bag 353, Lilongwe 3 Malawi; (265) 1-755011; Fax: (265) 1-754639; E-mail:

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