After the political transformation in 1994 that established a multiparty system in Malawi, urban planning was decentralized to the municipality level. The concept traditionally applied involved demarcating the urban space into land use zones, but this method fell short when faced with the fast growth of cities. A consequent lack of financial strategies and appropriate consultative processes led to the persistent growth of urban poverty, with all its implications. Unfortunately, rapid urbanization in Malawi is not associated with the commensurate economic growth and effective redistributive measures required to alleviate the problems. Instead, urban poverty is increasing, and slums continue develop in and around the cities and towns of Malawi. These settlements have poor access to physical infrastructure such as roads and electricity and social and basic services such as health, education, water, and sanitation.
Phase 1: Urban profiling – completed
Phase 2: Action planning and programme document formulation – completed
Phase 3: Project implementation – starting