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09/10/14 13:18

African climate justice support

Funding confirmed for six projects in Sub-Saharan Africa

Some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people will have access to secure supplies of water and increased food security thanks to the latest round of awards from Scotland’s innovative Climate Justice Fund.

Six charities have been awarded Scottish Government support for projects in Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia. Environment and Climate Change Minister Paul Wheelhouse has confirmed the funding, which will help communities deal with climate change impacts such as floods, droughts and severe weather.

The Climate Justice Fund was launched in 2012 and its achievements have received international praise from former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

The six latest projects are:

  • Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) – More Action for Just Initiatives for Climate Change Adaptation in Southern Africa (£497,643). Thirty communities across three districts in Malawi to benefit from equitable water plans.
  • Christian Aid Scotland - Improved Community Resilience through Increased Water Supply and Food Security (£410,484). Project in Nsanje district of Malawi to increase water supply and food security for 1,500 households.
  • Glasgow Caledonian University – Water for ALL (£607,648). Project to help some of the poorest and most vulnerable groups in Malawi and Zambia to achieve equity and entitlement in accessing water resources.
  • Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF) – Water for Agricultural Production (£473,213). Helping small scale farmers in four Rwandan communities to use rainwater harvesting and wastewater technologies for agriculture, improving food and income security.
  • Water Witness International – Fair Water Futures (£439,688). Focus on climate resilience and justice for vulnerable communities in Tanzania and Zambia through improved water rights to protect against drought, flood and pollution.
  • Tearfund Scotland – Enhancing Water Management in Rural Malawi (£417,132). Sustainable safe water and water rights governance for 6,000 households in Balaka and Salima districts of Malawi.

Mr Wheelhouse announced the awards at the Achieving Climate Justice event in London, the third climate justice dialogue organised by Glasgow Caledonian University, Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice and Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

He said:

“During the Commonwealth Games, Dr Kandeh Yumkella, UN Special Representative and CEO of UN Sustainable Energy for All, speaking at the European launch of the UN initiative in Glasgow, praised the Scottish Government’s championing of climate justice. I am delighted therefore to be taking our commitment further in confirming these six excellent projects will benefit from the second round of awards from our innovative Climate Justice Fund.

“As the First Minister has stated on numerous occasions, globally, it is people who have done the least to contribute to climate change who suffer its consequences harshest – the Scottish Government recognises this and aims to address this disadvantage. Our climate justice ambition is already delivering real results on the ground and this money will see further adaptation in four target countries; Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia. Scotland operates a modest budget, but in leading by example we may encourage other nations to use their larger budgets to tackle climate justice, learning from our existing projects.

“The key priority for these initiatives is to empower vulnerable groups in decision making to deliver climate resilience and alleviate poverty through water related projects. I very much look forward to hearing how they progress and initiate real, positive change for those affected by climate change in Sub-Saharan Africa.”

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Voluntary Services Overseas

Angela Salt, OBE, VSO UK Director said:

“I warmly welcome that the Scottish Government is supporting VSO’s climate resilience work in Malawi. The project will support VSO’s fight against poverty by working with poor people living in rural areas, who are particularly susceptible to climate change impacts. Our volunteers will work alongside people in Malawi to plan for the future.”

Christian Aid Scotland

Kathy Galloway, Head of Christian Aid Scotland

"Scotland's approach to climate justice is refreshing and important. There is a recognition of the historic responsibility of richer nations and the need to support the world's most vulnerable people in dealing with the huge damage that climate change does to development.

"The project supported by this funding will enable thousands of families in Malawi to gain access to safe water in response to the challenges of climate change, and to empower them to work with the district authorities to realise their rights to water. We are grateful to the Scottish Government for their vital ongoing partnership."

Gasgow Caledonian University

GCU Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies said:

“I am delighted that we have secured this funding from the Scottish Government’s Climate Justice Fund. We can now build upon the existing work that we have undertaken with the Scottish Government, the Mary Robinson Foundation and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to promote a sustainable environment for communities in Malawi and Zambia. This new Centre for Climate Justice project aligns with both the Scottish Government’s priorities in international development, and with our University’s social mission to work for the common good, at home and abroad.”

Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund

SCIAF’s Director Alistair Dutton said:

“We are very excited to begin this new project with the communities we serve in Rwanda. Decades of experience working with small farmers in the country have given us a real insight into the problems they are facing with climate change. Hands-on help with water harvesting and conservation will help rural families adapt to climate change and improve their livelihoods.”

Tearfund Scotland

Lorna McDonald, Head of Programme Funding in Scotland:

"People in Malawi are suffering from the effects of climate change with a mixture of unpredictable heavy rains, prolonged dry spells and falling water tables. There is a lack of access to clean water and a lack of understanding as to how climate change is impacting water resources. We are delighted that Scottish Government funds will help support people in the Balaka and Salima districts of Malawi to adapt to the effects of climate change and to have access to clean and safe water."


The total funding for the six projects in the second round of Climate Justice Fund is £2,845,808.

The First Minister announced the doubling of the Climate Justice Fund in October 2013

The Climate Justice Fund is funded by the Deputy First Minister’s Hydro Nation initiative

Achieving Climate Justice: A Dialogue for Change is the third dialogue held in partnership between Glasgow Caledonian University, the Mary Robinson Foundation –Climate Justice and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation

For more details on climate justice and previous recipients of the Climate Justice Fund please visit