Fostering the development of the world’s poorest countries

In 2005, together with Intesa Sanpaolo, Fondazione Cariplo launched Project Malawi, its first international project.

Project Malawi aims at improving living standards and promoting economic and social development in one of the world’s poorest countries and one of the most ravaged by the plague of AIDS.

The project hinges on the cooperation between a number of large NGOs operating in Malawi and the local government as the key to securing sustainable, lasting development.

Project Concept, Partners and Goals

Underpinning the project is the concept that the country’s development can occur only if a structural healthcare effort against AIDS is mounted in combination with activities that promote education, strengthen social cohesion and support economic growth. The project’s funding for the first three years amounted to €9 million (€3 million from Fondazione Cariplo, 6 million from IntesaSanpaolo).

For each project area an operational partner was identified, namely:

Health and AIDS treatment - Dream Malawi: Community of Sant’Egidio

Orphan Care: Save the Children

Local development and microfinance: CISP

Education and prevention: MAGGA-SAM (Malawi Scout Association).

The project’s main goals are:

•           fight against AIDS as overarching priority;

•           integrated approach: the fight against AIDS is coupled with actions to improve people’s 

            life conditions and promote economic development locally;

•           modular implementation: after the pilot implementation in the district of Blantyre, Project

            Malawi will be progressively rolled out to the rest of the country;

•           planning long-term sustainability of the initiative; cooperation with Malawi      government and coordination  with national policies;

•           coordination with International Organizations to raise further funds;

•           helping local communities develop autonomous organizational skills;

•           continuous monitoring of project status and transparent reporting of results.

The project includes activities to protect young people from the HIV contagion and lift them out of poverty such as prevention, sex and healthcare education campaigns and the construction of schools and shelters. Microfinance is another key tool used to help the country’s active citizens carry out their projects and create new income generation opportunities.

The project is monitored by Fondazione Cariplo in cooperation with  Pavia University’s IUSS - Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori.

In June 2008, Project Malawi received the 2008 award for best initiative in the ‘Community Philanthropy’ category from the Global Business Coalition, an international organization fighting AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria with the help of 220 companies from all over the world. The award ceremony took place in New York City before UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. Representatives of all the organizations involved in the project and of Malawi government participated in the event.

For further details and information visit the project website at  www.projectmalawi.it


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