Our Achievements Looking back, we are proud of our achievements and grateful to our partners for their support. Our accomplishments in the last half of decade beginning 2003, include:
- Over 1,000 households have secure tenure and decent housing as result of our programmes;
- More than 2,500 households accessed improved sanitation and about 500 of these households have improved their food security by using manure from ecological sanitation toilets;
- We improved the public sanitation in six market places through construction of ecological sanitation (Ecosan) public toilets that are managed by women groups and more people now have access to better sanitation in public places;
- We have effectively rolled out community-led slum upgrading programme, which has seen greater engagement of the urban poor with their local authorities, and leveraged local resources for community-prioritised programmes;
- We have enlisted over 70 communities onto our slum-upgrading programme, and these have managed to generate data through profiles and enumerations and have deeper understanding of their community needs and the drive to demand improved service delivery. Some communities have mapped, planned and re-planned their settlements through participatory planning studios and we have more community leaders and local citizens with skills to plan for more inclusive communities;
- We collaborated with the Government of Malawi in delivering housing and infrastructure for low income people;
- We have influenced policies in the housing and urban development sector to serve the needs of the majority of poor Malawians;
- We have established local networks of the urban poor in the four cities of Malawi and built their capacity;
- With support from our partners and the people we serve, we have established a holding company running social enterprises to complement what we do and increase our revenue streams to be able to meet the growing needs of the people we serve. We have promoted self-help (including personal and group savings as well as loans) among women in the informal settlements through skills development and livelihood programmes that have socio-economically empowered women working on a range of businesses such as waste management, arts and crafts.
- We have nurtured mutual partnership built on trust, honest, accountability and our capacity to demonstrate results with a wide range of organisations, both local and international, the private sector as well as governments.
While we are accountable for our successes and failures, the results highlighted are not solely from our efforts. They represent the dedication, support and commitment of many stakeholders both local and international as well as volunteers. However, most of the benefits in the last decade have accrued to the Federation. We realise that development challenges are so enormous that working only with one membership based entity is not enough to be address them. Thus, our mandate as a support entity for the organisations of the poor has to transcend savings and loan groups to reach any other poor people’s movement that share our vision. The pressure for CCODE to support more organisations of the poor has come from the Federation itself. Throughout its mobilisation activities, the Federation has crossed its membership frontiers to work with wider communities and not just savings groups.