• Malawi
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • African Development Bank (AFDB)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Project Status
Stage of the project cycle. Stages vary by development bank and can include: pending, approval, implementation, and closed or completed.
Bank Risk Rating
Environmental and social categorization assessed by the development bank as a measure of the planned project’s environmental and social impacts. A higher risk rating may require more due diligence to limit or avoid harm to people and the environment. For example, "A" or "B" are risk categories where "A" represents the highest amount of risk. Results will include projects that specifically recorded a rating, all other projects are marked ‘U’ for "Undisclosed."
Voting Date
Dec 4, 2018
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
Government of Malawi
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
  • Agriculture and Forestry
The service or industry focus of the investment. A project can have several sectors.
Investment Amount (USD)
Not Disclosed
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ AFDB website

Updated in EWS Sep 28, 2022

Contribute Information
Can you contribute information about this project?
Contact the EWS Team

Project Description
If provided by the financial institution, the Early Warning System Team writes a short summary describing the purported development objective of the project and project components. Review the complete project documentation for a detailed description.

According to bank documents, the major objective of the Lower Shire Valley Irrigation Project is to exploit the high irrigation potential of the Valley through the development of gravity-fed irrigation from the Shire River, expanding coverage and providing complementary infrastructure and services in order to increase agriculture production and farm-based incomes hence ensuring food security and poverty reduction.

The project comprises 4 main components:

  1. Irrigation Facilities and Structures - intake and head works, the irrigation distribution system (feeder canal, north junction pipe and south junction canal, main canal, branch canals, tertiary and quaternary irrigation networks, drainage networks, road network and auxiliary facilities);
  2. Rural Infrastructure development - , Infrastructure Development, Road Network: Domestic Water Supply and Sanitation, Telecommunication, Schools, Health Facilities
  3. Agricultural Production Development- Farm Size and Cropping Patterns, Crop Selection Criteria, Crop Protection, Livestock Development, Fisheries Development:
  4. Agro-Processing Facilities  Project Management
Investment Description
Here you can find a list of individual development financial institutions that finance the project.

Total cost: 50000000
Currency: UAC

Source(s) of financing
ADF: 20000000
Government: 1750000
NTF: 4500000
OPEC: 11060000

Contact Information
This section aims to support the local communities and local CSO to get to know which stakeholders are involved in a project with their roles and responsibilities. If available, there may be a complaint office for the respective bank which operates independently to receive and determine violations in policy and practice. Independent Accountability Mechanisms receive and respond to complaints. Most Independent Accountability Mechanisms offer two functions for addressing complaints: dispute resolution and compliance review.

SOLIMAN Wael Mohamed Roshdy, RDGS2

Implementing Agency:


The Independent Review Mechanism (IRM), which is administered by the Compliance Review and Mediation Unit (CRMU), is the independent complaint mechanism and fact-finding body for people who have been or are likely to be adversely affected by an African Development Bank (AfDB)-financed project. If you submit a complaint to the IRM, it may assist you by either seeking to address your problems by facilitating a dispute resolution dialogue between you and those implementing the project and/or investigating whether the AfDB complied with its policies to prevent environmental and social harms. You can submit a complaint electronically by emailing,,, and/or You can learn more about the IRM and how to file a complaint at

How it works

How it works