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CEM Attends Balaka District Executive Council Meeting

Showing solidarity in developmental activities happening in Balaka district, Community Energy Malawi (CEM) was part of the district's August 21, 2018 District Executive Council (DEC) meeting. The council converged through the request of Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social welfare whose officials in the Department of Nutrition, HIV and AIDS were presenting on the new Nutrition policy.

There were several other organizations who were present, among them, Eagles Relief, who are also making intervention on Energy in the district through their soon to be rolled out project. 6, 000 tree seedlings are about to be planted by the organization.

CEM has been working in the district for six years now. Balaka was the organization’s first project beneficiary in its first project. To this day, the two have been in a very good working relationship with the organization planning even more for the district.

According to CEM’s District Energy Officer (DEO) for Balaka, Louis Yona, the organization is currently implementing Malawi Green Localized Inclusive and Decentralized Energy (GLIDE) and Barrier Removal for Energy Access projects in the district. Malawi GLIDE is being supported by Hivos under the Green and Inclusive Energy (GIE) Malawi partnership project while the Barrier Removal for Energy Access is being supported by the Scottish Government.

Among others, Malawi GLIDE project aims at advising district council technocrats on energy interventions while the Barrier Removal for Energy Access works to blueprint district energy officers since there is none in the district to, for example, train district energy extension officers.

To highlight on the immediate project being done by CEM in liaison with the council, Yona said that the LIGHT Balaka initiative is in the offing.

“We are working with the council to make sure that the district has solar powered street lights. Discussions are now underway and we are hoping to see no night in Balaka town," he said.