Shared dialogue workshops held in Malawi
Researchers from the University of Malawi (WASHTED Centre) and Strathclyde have now finalized their research areas in Traditional Authority Lundu, Chikwawa District in the Southern Region of Malawi. The area suffers from specific water access issues related to complex hydrogeological challenges which forces community members to use unprotected water sources or travel long distances for potable water.
In partnership with social science researchers from Maynooth and Buckinghamshire New University’s, the Malawi team also conducted their first community based Shared Dialogue Workshop for the WATERSPOUTT project in Chikwawain May 2017.
The workshop started with structured discussions with a range of community-based stakeholders exploring issues of water governance, water access, gender and water treatment technologies. Subsequently, participants were shown a range of water treatment systems including solar water disinfection, ceramic filtration and a combined solar ceramic system, (prototype).
Feedback from this workshop will support the design of the final solar ceramic system to be trialed in Malawi in 2018.