In 2011 the Scottish Government commissioned a scoping study on Supporting Community Energy Development in Malawi. The outcomes of the study pointed to different programme activities that the Scottish Government might support.
Those recommendations have been taken forward in the form of the Malawi Renewable Energy Acceleration Programme (MREAP). MREAP is managed by the University of Strathclyde. It has eight main partners and is governed by a Programme Steering Group (co-chaired by the Government of Malawi Department of Energy Affairs and the University of Strathclyde). The programme has received £2.3m in funding. MREAP ran from January 2012 to March 2015. An ongoing collaboration with Community Energy Malawi has been underway since August 2015.
The overall MREAP objective is to:
Accelerate the growth of community and renewable energy development in Malawi through multiple, targeted and coordinated activities with good potential to provide a platform for that growth.