Recent Ongoing and Future Projects

URAC implements projects in different formats. Some projects are research consultancies undertaken in collaboration with leading research organisations and universities. Some projects are directly funded well wishers and sponsors.  Other projects evolve out of our action research and are aimed at influencing changes in policy as well planning approaches and practices. 

Recent Projects

NGALA: Likuche Farmers’ club members get agriculture loans

Senior GVH Kamkondo (in tie) with Likuche Club

Likuche Farmers’ Club members of Ngala in Nkhotakota District got agriculture loans worth about K4.o million in form of hybrid seeds and UREA and CAN fertilizers.  Sponsored by Malawi Hilfe Schwindegg (MHS) of Germany under ‘Ngala 2020 Covid-19 Project,’ the loans were distributed by URAC team at the headquarters of Senior GVH Kamkondo on 20th December 2020. The loan facility was preceded by a 2-week training provided by GIZ focusing of good agriculture practices and marketing skills. ReadMore

Chilumba Village Clinic

The Chilumba Village Clinic, constructed by URAC with funds provided by Malawi Freunde Rottenburg E.v of Germany, was officially opened on Saturday, December 5, 2020 by a representative of the Director of Karonga District Health Services. The representative, Msenga Ngwira, told the function that was attended by local chiefs, government officials, religious leaders, non-government organisations as well as political leaders that the government was very grateful that other stakeholders were taking part in the delivery of health services at village level. He assured the villagers that the government will provide all the essential medicines to ensure that the clinic operates effectively for the benefit of the community. He called on the community to take maximum responsibility in caring for the clinic to ensure sustainable health delivery services in their area. Speaking at the function, Principal Group Village Headperson Mponela said that the community was very happy with the project as it would assist pregnant women and children: ‘Now pregnant women will not travel long distances to access prenatal services.

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Chilumba Village Clinic

Celebrating the project completion

Completed projects


URAC established a network of informal farmers called Mzuzu Urban Farmers Network (MUFNet) to support food security and job creation in Mzuzu City.  The farmers from each administrative ward of Mzuzu are organised into groups of 10-15 members to pool resources in the format of savings and loans groups that can also access government subsidy initiatives.  Until now urban farmers are discriminated against in all government projects despite urban farming being a visible urban land use activity that citizens of all income groups engage in at their backyards, in the dambolands and on the city periphery


We constructed a 2 classroom block at Geisha Primary School with funding from Schools and Health Foundation (SHF) of Ireland  Geisha is an informal settlement where inhabitants taxed each other to build the school and pay their teachers amidst government hostility and threats and demolition campaigns.  The government has now sent teachers and learning materials to Geisha Primary School


Five boreholes have been drilled in the area at Ngala primary School and Kamtekete, Bobu, Phakati and Gangala Villages.  The management of each borehole is similar to those in Chilumba.  Bobu Villagers tasted safe water for the first time ever since the existence of the village


Urban Research and Advocacy Centre (URAC) on 8th May 2021 commenced the
construction of two blocks of classrooms at Ngala Primary School, in Senior Group Village
Headman Kamkondo within TA Kanyenda, in Nkhota Kota District.