USAID’s Restoring Fisheries for Sustainable Livelihoods in Lake Malawi (REFRESH) Program

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Deadline: 29 May 2019

The United States Agency for International Development in Malawi (USAID/Malawi) is seeking applications for a cooperative agreement from qualified entities to implement the Restoring Fisheries for Sustainable Livelihoods in Lake Malawi (REFRESH) program.

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The purpose of the REFRESH activity is to conserve the freshwater biodiversity of Lake Malawi by restoring the natural fisheries productivity in the lakeshore districts of Karonga, Rumphi, Likoma, Nkhata Bay, Nkhotakota, Salima, Dedza and Mangochi. Its sub-purposes are: a) the targeted Lake Malawi aquatic habitats are healthy and well-managed; b) the endemic fish populations of targeted parts of Lake Malawi are healthy and self-sustaining; and c) the fisheries in the targeted parts of Lake Malawi are managed sustainably by 2024.

The REFRESH activity will aim to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Outcome 1 – Fisheries governance and regulatory framework strengthened;
  • Outcome 2 – Ecosystem-based fisheries management improved;
  • Outcome 3 – Decentralization of fisheries management strengthened;
  • Outcome 4 – Commercialization of conservation enterprises to counter unsustainable fishing catalyzed and supported; and
  • Outcome 5 – CDCS priorities for integration advanced.

Award Information

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  • Subject to funding availability and at the discretion of the Agency, USAID intends to provide approximately $12 million in total funding over a five-year period.
  • The anticipated period of performance is five years.

Eligible Applicants

USAID/Malawi welcomes applications from organizations that have not previously received financial assistance from USAID. It is a requirement that the organization is legally registered in the country of Malawi. If the applicant is a U.S. Organization and it is not registered in the country at the time of the award, the registration process should be completed during the first year of project implementation or sooner.

How to Apply

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Applicants should submit their applications by email at the address given on the website.

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  • Avatar Dwight says:

    Thanks USAID. It is our expectation that this program will also help tackle elite capture and exclusion of minority groups in fisheries management as is the case at the moment…

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