ABOUT MICF

WHO WE ARE


The Malawi Innovation Challenge Fund (MICF) is a US$ 11 million competitive, transparent mechanism that provides grant finance for innovative projects proposed by the private sector active in Malawi’s agricultural, manufacturing and logistics sectors. Supported by the United Nations Development Programme, UK Aid and KFW, the MICF is designed to be a quick, responsive mechanism that is not overly bureaucratic and understands the needs of the private sector.

the APPLICATION PROCESS

The Malawi Innovation Challenge Fund adopts a three-stage application approach for both Agriculture and Manufacturing challenge windows. The following provides a brief overview of the application and contracting process.

feature PROJECTS

SUBMITTING A CONCEPT NOTE

& ELIGIBILITY


The Concept Note is the first part of the application process to the Malawi Innovation Challenge Fund (MICF). Applicants wanting to participate in the MICF must initially complete a concept note. The Concept Note allows applicants to briefly present how ideas respond to one of the challenges set by the MICF.  The MICF fund managers will review the concept notes to ensure they are completed correctly and fulfil the eligibility criteria before submitting them to an independent evaluation panel for their review.  Those applicants that are successful at the concept note stage will pass to the second stage of the competition where the Fund will ask applicants to submit a full proposal according to a format provided by the MICF Fund Managers.

OUR TEAM

The faces behind the Malawi Innovation Challenge Fund.
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navin kumar Fund Manager team

He brings over 20 years of experience of working in large corporate agribusiness firms across a number of emerging markets. He has spent the past 10 years working in Malawi’s commercial agri-business and manufacturing sectors and has personally supported the development of new inclusive business models to the country.

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Buddhika Samarasinghe MICF Project Director
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He brings over 20 years of experience of working with international agribusiness and manufacturing firms, and supporting private sector development throughout Africa. He is a leading expert in the management, review and design of Challenge Fund projects globally.

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Tambulani Nduwa Chunga Grant Officer team

Tambulani brings over 11 years of experience of working in the corporate sector – both in the manufacturing and agribusiness sector. He has worked on numerous donor financed projects in both Malawi and Zambia. He has recently been managing one of Malawi’s most ambitious inclusive business start-ups, seeking large multi-million dollar financing for a large scale agribusiness export initiative involving public and private sector investors.

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Kerry Hamilton MICF Project Advisor team

Kerry has over 20 years of experience in working with the private sector combining commercial and development goals. She has had extensive involvement in the design, implementation and management of challenge funds around the world particularly focusing on agribusiness and access to finance.

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Rollins Chitika Grant Officer
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He is an Agricultural Economist with experience in value chains and market development; project management; private sector development; international trade and policy analysis. He brings 8 years of experience working in M4P and value chain development projects. As a researcher, he has undertaken a number of assignments in the different sectors at micro and macro level advising the civil society, government, NGOs and private sectors.

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John mCgrath
MICF Advisor team

John McGrath is Managing Director of Imani Malawi and senior technical advisor to the MICF. He brings over 26 years’ experience in private sector development and policy engagement in East and Southern Africa. John has worked in Malawi and across all major agribusiness and manufacturing sectors within the country for the past 20 years.

11800
AGRICULTURE PROJECTS

estimated no. of households with increased incomes
290
AGRICULTURE PROJECTS

new jobs created
21500
MANUFACTURING PROJECTS

estimated no. of households with increased incomes
900
MANUFACTURING PROJECTS

new jobs created

MICF

SUPPORT


The Malawi Innovation Challenge Fund is supported by the United Nations Development Programme, UK Aid and KFW.