RDF's work in Malawi
RDF recently concluded two successful projects in Malawi.
Working with Government Institutions in Malawi
Revenue Mobilization Support to Mzuzu City Council
Improve Govnernment Administration of Forestry Rights
Ministry of Finance
Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Environment
Local Council of Mzuzu
Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Forestry Rights Administration Support Project
The first phase of a project with the Forestry Department of Malawi, which is part of the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining, was completed at the end of June 2015. The Forestry Rights Administration Support Project (FRASP) aimed to strengthen administrative management of licensing and revenues. The project was funded by the Norwegian government through the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Lilongwe.
The RD Forestry Rights Administration Systems were deployed at the head office in Lilongwe, three Regional Offices and the largest Plantation Office (Viphya Plantation Office). At the head office, all Export Permits and Licenses are now processed through the system, which went live early 2015. This replaces the earlier paper-based system.
At Viphya Plantation Office, the largest revenue generating plantation office in Malawi, they now process and issue from the system customized for their mandate and revenue base, including Conveyance- and Phytosanitory Certificates. Data exchange between the various offices has also been enabled.
As part of this data exchange a SMS solution was developed and implemented. This SMS solution allows Checkpoint- and Forest Guards to query validity of Conveyance- and Phytosanitory certificates in an effective and accountable manner. The Guards simply sends a text message to the FRAS system having issued the certificate at hand, the system then answers immediately and automatically with the validity information the Forest Guard will need. The system was further expanded to three Regional offices during June 2015.
Property Tax Mobilization for Mzuzu City Council
Funded by the German Cooperation agency GIZ, the project supported Mzuzu City Council to raise and manage revenues from property taxation. The project ended at the end of June 2015.
The first stage of the project included zoning of the city and a complete property survey, collecting the required data for property taxation – see survey maps below. The survey discovered 39,000 residential properties and the tax base was thus expanded four times from the existing valuation roll. The survey also provided detailed spatial analysis of household water access, access to sanitary facilities and house building quality.
The second phase of the project focused on the institutionalisation of the processes following our step-by-step methodology of discovery, valuation, automated rate demand notices, appeals, collection and enforcement.
A central element of the REMOP program is to strengthen the social contract between the City Council and its citizens. Citizen engagement is viewed as critical to successful mobilization of local revenues from property rates.
The revenues from property taxation of Mzuzu City Council increased by 200% in 2015 compared to the entire previous financial year. To date, the project has assisted the Mzuzu City Council in billing nearly 40,000 properties.
Learn more about our Mzuzu City Council project.
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Mzuzu Town Planning Maps
Based on Property Survey conducted in late 2014 - 39,000 residential buildings
- household water access, acess to sanitary facilities and house building quality
Housing Quality - Roof Cover
The property survey including indicators of housing quality. Roof type is a representative indicator of housing quality, and is presented in these maps in colour coding per building.
Access to Sanitary Facilities
The property survey including indicators of access to sanity facility, and is presented in these maps in colour coding per building.
Access to Water Supply
The property survey including indicators of access to water, and is presented in these maps in colour coding per building.