What is the CCPM?

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The Climate Challenge Programme Malawi (CCPM) is a Scottish Government initiative supporting rural communities in southern Malawi.

The three year, £3.2 million programme is enabling vulnerable Malawian communities to identify and implement solutions to the climate challenges they face, with a particular focus to helping the most vulnerable, including women and girls, and promoting human rights.

The CCPM provides a clear example of climate justice in action, recognising that people in developing countries are the first to be affected by climate change, and will suffer the most, despite having done little or nothing to cause the problem.



Improving food security



Providing access to clean water



Harnessing renewable energy

Why it's needed
Malawi is already being hit hard by climate change. Communities who depend on small-scale farming to provide for themselves are struggling to know when to plant their crops due to increasingly unpredictable weather. More frequent and severe floods, storms and drought can destroy their harvests, homes and livelihoods overnight.

The approach
Scottish international aid and development charity SCIAF is administering the CCPM, working closely with partner organisations in Malawi and sister agency Trócaire Malawi. The programme takes an integrated approach to developing improvements to communities’ access to water, food and energy, with a strong focus on communities learning from each other.

The CCPM builds on the historical links between Scotland and Malawi, and complements other Scottish Government water management, renewable energy and poverty alleviation programmes.

The impact
The programme will benefit the environment, improve climate literacy in Malawi and Scotland, especially in relation to the rights of vulnerable minorities, and create a sustainable legacy that demonstrates long-term physical, behavioural, and social change in the communities.

By taking direct action to address the impact of climate change at a local level, addressing gender inequality and rights, and reducing poverty, the CCPM is also contributing to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and ensuring the most vulnerable people are not left behind.