The Centre invites you to come learn with us at the following upcoming short courses:

Geographic Information System (GIS) introduction

Next to be held in mid 2020 (5 full days)

Geographic Information System (GIS) technology is widely used in government, industry, non-profit, and academia to model our world. Spatial technology, computer hardware, and software tools are rapidly advancing for the better. To effectively use available technology, GIS users need to keep current on state-of-the-art spatial techniques. The course will be hands-on, facilitated by GIS and Remote Sensing research scientists, and industry specialists. The course is designed for professionals in planning, engineering, and other diverse disciplines interested in applying GIS principles and technology to their issues. No previous GIS knowledge is required but a working knowledge of computing systems is helpful. The course will cover the following: 1.) An introductory to Quantum Geographic Information Systems (QGIS); 2.) Visualizing Data; 3.) Selecting and Querying Data; 4.) Spatial Data Management; 7.) Creating Geometry; 8.) Tabular Data and Joins; 9.) Layouts; 10.) Basic Spatial Analysis; 11.) Linking to other software; 12.) Vector statistics for attributes; 13.) Building interactive web mapping applications; and 14.) On-screen digitizing and editing. Participants should bring a laptop. Fee per participant is MK250,000. 

Environmental Impact Assessments in Malawi

Next to be held in mid 2020 (5 full days)

The application of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of industries and projects has turned out to be a legal obligation in many parts of the world, including Malawi. ThisEIA course is aimed at introducing an understanding of the significance of EIA in all development initiatives in the face of attaining environmental sustainability. This training has been designed to offer practical support to individuals involved in planning and development of new and existing projects, plus decision makers who appraise, evaluate and finance development projects.The course will cover the following: 1.) Create awareness among planners to give due importance to environmental related issues in development plans; 2.) Equip participants with necessary skills required when conducting scoping studies and EIA studies; 3.) Familiarize participants with basic principles of EIA; 4.) Appreciate sources of impacts and the roles of stakeholders in addressing them; 5.) Recognize the role of public participation in EIA process; 6.) Obtain techniques for monitoring an evaluation of environmental impacts and environmental audits; and 7.) Introduce participants to the participatory methodologies of EIA. Fee per participant is MK250,000.

Low-cost sanitation

Next to be held in mid 2020 (3 full days)

This is one of our most popular courses the past 5 years. The focus of this course will be low-cost sanitation in support of ending open defecation in rural areas of Malawi. A practical exercise will be included to build a corbelled latrine, suitable for households and being used throughout Malawi. There is an emphasis in this course on both equity and equality for sanitation access to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The course will also cover basic principles of effective sanitation marketing programs. This hands-on course has a maximum of 25 participants. Participants should dress for field work. Fee per participant is MK150,000.

Monitoring, evaluation and learning

Next to be held in mid 2020 (4 full days)

Attaining sustainable development results by organizations relies on systematic monitoring and evaluation. Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) are the learning and innovation circles leading to more effective interventions. Development processes are complex. Systematically monitoring and evaluating processes helps managers to improve projects, programs and organizations. This course will provide a quantitative indicator-based system for M&E as well as qualitative tools (brief introduction to Outcome Mapping and Most Significant Change). The course will be proactive and participatory. The objectives include: 1.) Learn to monitor and evaluate projects, programs, and organizations; 2.) Experience how M&E can be turned into learning; and 3.) Ask and answer M&E questions. Target course audience: Participants involved with formulating, managing, or monitoring development interventions. The short course targets people who do the following: prepare, supervise, use or participate in evaluations; work as a desk officer, program manager, task manager for a national or a local government, for an international donor agency, or for a nongovernmental organization; and individuals wanting to further improve their M&E abilities and systems. Fee per participant is MK200,000.

Constructing safe and sustainable groundwater wells

Next to be held in mid 2020 (2 full days)

Water well construction is not for amateurs. The focus of the course will be minimum requirements for basic protection of the groundwater resource and for the health and safety of those that develop and use the resource. These guidelines are intended to address basic water supply well construction, pumping equipment, and maintenance issues. Water supply wells include wells designed for domestic, municipal, community, industrial, commercial, irrigation and/or livestock water supply use in addition to aquifer storage (injection) and recovery wells. The course will cover both practical and theoretical skills and concepts. Fee per participant is MK100,000.

Outcome mapping: Building learning and reflection into development programs

Next to be held in mid 2020 (5 full days)

Maps are cognitive guides. They locate us, helping us to figure out where we are now in relation to where we have been, and to plan where we’re going. Hence, we use the metaphor of mapping to guide those interested in development on the sometimes confusing, even frightening journey through the hazardous territory of outcomes. The language can be daunting: outcomes, impacts, goals, objectives, purposes, mission, and outputs — and these terms just scratch the surface. The questions can overwhelm. What’s the difference between evaluation and monitoring? How do short-term changes relate to intermediate changes and long-term results? What kinds of results count as outcomes? How can the need for accountability be balanced against the need for learning? Then there’s the attribution problem. To what extent and in what ways can one establish a causal linkage between activities, outputs, outcomes, and impacts? Who gets credit for results? What kinds of evidence are credible? What’s the unit of analysis? What role does stakeholder involvement play in all this? In order to answer the questions asked, the course will cover the following: 1.) Outcome Mapping Theory; 2.) Outcome Mapping the Workshop Approach; 3.) Intentional Design; 4.) Outcome Performance Monitoring; and 5.) Evaluation Planning. Fee per participant is MK250,000.


  • The venue for all short courses will be Mzuzu University, Mzuzu, Malawi.
  • Registration cover course fees, handouts, materials for practical exercises, morning and afternoon break, and lunch.
  • Participants are responsible for transportation and making accommodation arrangements.
  • Successful participants will receive a certificate of attendance/recognition.
  • Participants should come prepared for both theory and practical/field exercises.
  • For registration please contact .