OUR VISION AND MISSION
Join the Cause
ICCM's vision is to create a healthy, unpolluted environment for Malawians with sustainable ecosystems and lasting infrastructure. Our work is aimed at having a community that is aware, educated and engaged in issues surrounding waste management to promote behaviour change and closed loop waste management practices.
We will achieve this through :
1. Education, upskilling & raising public awareness
2. Training key 'ambassadors' who can influence communities
3. Working with Government & local organisations for lasting change
4. Innovation to create commercial opportunities from waste
WHY WE ARE HERE
Architecting a better future
Malawi is a small, landlocked East Africa country with a population of just over 18 million. In 2019, the capital city Lilongwe, was producing approximately 250 metric tonnes of waste per day (Kamakanda, 2019). Alarmingly current waste collection services can handle only a small percentage of this (around 30%), Malawi lacks the capacity and resource to address the levels of waste generated.
There is a lack of understanding of what to do with waste and why to care. Uncollected waste in Malawi is often burnt which releases toxic gases and greenhouse gases which cause high levels of respiratory illness. It is also dumped into local water systems or onto farmland which results in severe disease outbreaks such as cholera and malaria, and creates environmental issues such as flooding. City councils have introduced a number of by-laws and policies to combat the situation but a lack of resource, funding and proper waste infrastructure means these are rarely enforced.
We are here to facilitate improvement in health and clean environments at rural and peri-urban communities in Malawi through schemes that reduce, reuse and recycle waste in a manner that provides social and economic improvements to their livelihoods. Our team is composed of well experienced individuals with backgrounds in architecture, permaculture and environmental design. We know Malawi is rich in natural resources (including waste) and want to share our knowledge of how to use this for commercial and environmental benefit.
We are proud to support 15 of the 17 United Nations Sustainability Development Goals. Our varying initiatives attempt to address the challenges that Malawian people face, particularly those related to poverty, environmental degradation & sustainable communities.
Our team are based in the UK and Malawi
Director and Founder
Technical Project Advisor
Business Development, Innovation and Growth Specialist
Digital & Business Support Volunteer
Fundraising and Support Volunteer
We are a friendly bunch based in Malawi and the UK, please get in touch.