International development programmes such as the CCPM are helping to change the lives of some of the poorest people in the world.
Since 1990, the number of people living in extreme poverty has declined by 1.2 billion people, the proportion of undernourished people in the developing regions has fallen by almost half, the primary school enrolment rate has reached 91%, with many more girls now in school compared to 15 years ago and maternal mortality is down 45% worldwide.
The international development field is made up of a huge range of different disciplines and initiatives including livelihoods, water, education, promoting small business, health and advocacy to name just a few.
Best practice puts the people who will benefit from the programmes in control, enabling them to articulate the problems they face and identify the most suitable solutions that fit their community, culture and environment. It is an enabling process that should empower people to drive their own future development.
Malawi faces unique challenges that international development work can help with. It's population of almost 20 million has doubled in size since 2000, energy supply is intermittent and access to food and water remains difficult for many people.
Guided by the Malawian Government, development work has had a huge impact in Malawi. Economic growth was a healthy 4% in 2017, the adult literacy rate has increased by 19% in the past two decades and life expectancy has increased from 46 in 2000 to 63 today.
The CCPM aims to build on these successes. Working with vulnerable communities in southern Malawi to help them identify and implement the solutions to the climate change related problems they face. It forms part of a wider programme of Scottish Government work in Malawi that seeks to reduce poverty and respond to the worst impacts of climate change.
This is development driven by the people it's meant to help. That makes a huge difference.Jacqueline Tcheza, CCPM Project Coordinator, CICOD