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Upgrading of Dedza Town (Local Development Fund Pilot)

Project information:

Name: Local Development Fund pilot phase; Upgrading of Dedza urban centre 


Location: Dedza, Malawi


Year: 2004-2007


Financing: German-Malawian Financial Cooperation through KfW-Entwicklungsbank


Status: Completed


Partners: GITEC Consult (lead), Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development


tri-los's contribution: architectural design and construction supervision, energy efficiency measures, furniture design, maintenance training



  • Overall: upgrading of Dedza's urban centre with public service and traffic infrastructure

  • Programme: civic offices, community hall, bus station, markets, slaughter house, truck stop, pedestrian zone, roads, plot allocation in traditional housing areas, furniture (made in Dedza)


Energy efficiency measures:


  • Thermal mass (locally produced earth bricks) to balance internal temperature

  • Natural cross-ventilation in all offices (manual control) and community hall (permanent)

  • Ventilated roofs in the offices and community hall

  • Vegetation in the courtyards allow for evaporative cooling

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