The Millennium Challenge Account – Malawi (MCA-Malawi) has engaged the services of SMEC to develop the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) for the program. SMEC will commence its 44 week consultancy on July 1, 2014 to May 2015..
During the base period, the consultant will conduct a census of possible persons to be affected by the project, their assets and will conduct social survey on their livelihood and economic activities.
“It is important to assess how this project will affect people’s livelihood and come up with a restoration plan. This is why apart from developing the RAP, SMEC will also develop the Livelihood Restoration Plan based on the census findings,” Edith Maseya, the MCA-Malawi Resettlement Officer explains.
The resettlement screening report developed by Fichtner, the Consulting Engineer, for the 400kV line route indicates that over five thousand houses will be affected by the project.
“There could be more PAPS if we assess the economic and physical displacements in terms of agriculture land and we are looking at a figure of between two to three thousand people who will be affected by the projects,” Maseya adds.
Through the Livelihood Restoration Plan, the Compact seeks to minimise the impact of the project on persons to be affected.
The Compact has since end of March been sensitizing people along the 400 and 132kV routes on the project and upcoming activities and progress made since entry into force on September 20, 2014.