GIZ – Celebrating 50 years of German-Malawian development cooperation

I recently completed an assignment in Malawi for Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), a development-oriented international enterprise owned by the German Federal Government. They are currently celebrating 50 years of German-Malawian development cooperation, and as part of this they will be hosting a photo exhibition to showcase the work they are doing across a range of sectors.

You can CLICK THE IMAGE to view all 208 images in a gallery of photographs from this assignment. Usage rights may be purchased for all of these photographs, but note that ‘© Robin Wyatt’ must be stated. Prints at a wide range of sizes, as well as other products, may also be ordered.

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Postcard from Kasungu, Malawi

It’s been a while since I’ve sent you a postcard, but today I have the perfect opportunity. I’m currently on assignment in Malawi for Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), a development-oriented international enterprise owned by the German Federal Government. I have been capturing images for them from across the range of their development programming that’ll be shown in an upcoming exhibition to help celebrate 50 years of German-Malawian development cooperation. When working in the field, I normally find I’m constantly on the go, figuring out logistics, travelling great distances along dusty rural roads, meeting people, gathering stories… oh, and photographing, of course! It often feels like there is little room to breath.

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The village of Kalumphira in Kasungu, Malawi.

So today, while visiting Lisandwa LEA School in the village of Kalumphira in Malawi’s district of Kasungu, it was nice to find that I had time to be a little more leisurely. Today, virtually everything was in one place. The groundwork had already been done before I arrived, so I was ushered from scene to scene remarkably efficiently. What made it unusually easy for me to photograph the nutrition-related work being undertaken at this school was the fact that the children were breaking up for the long holidays that day itself. So rather than wading through hordes of excited children and having to find creative ways to keep inquisitive little ones from wandering into my shots, I found that they were all gathered under a far off tree, where exam results were being announced. How easy this work was!

All this meant I was able return to Lilongwe relatively early and prepare this postcard for you. I captured the image while walking the short distance from the school to a community member’s thatched home, where I was to photograph her listening to community radio with her children. The schoolchildren had by now been released and were mostly en route by foot to their respective homes in many different directions. I had no interest in asking the one inquisitive pair of eyes you see in the foreground to move, as her blue uniform brought a pleasing contrast to the scene. I hope you like it.

EGPAF – Supporting Malawian CBOs working on HIV/AIDS

The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) works in 15 countries around the world with a primary focus on preventing mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of the HIV virus. Malawi has one of the world’s highest rates of HIV infection, recently standing at 10 percent of the population; women and children account for the majority of new infections here. For several years, EGPAF has been working to strengthen the capacity of six community-based organisations: Life Concern in Rumphi, FOCCAD in Nkhotakota, RISE Malawi and GMHD in Lilongwe, Youth Impact in Liwonde and Badilika Foundation in Blantyre. As they are coming to the end of this project, they decided to engage me to help these organisations tell their stories. The material I’ve put together, consisting of high resolution images, visual stories and audiovisual presentations, will be invaluable as the CBOs reach out to others to support them on the road ahead.

Gallery of images

You can see a sample image from this assignment right here. It was taken for a CBO called Life Concern (or LICO for short), and features Queen Mkdawine and her son Glad, who live in Bolero, near Rumphi. A recent attack of malaria landed Queen in the hospital, and she was encouraged to undergo testing for HIV during her internment. At the time she was diagnosed with the virus, she was three months pregnant. Key to PMTCT is ensuring that the mother, while pregnant and then while breastfeeding, can maintain a high level of nutrition. This builds up the child’s immunity and chances of battling transmission, while simultaneously allowing the mother to live a healthier life herself. LICO helped Queen in this by providing her with a goat for milk, along with seeds to ensure she had a stock of nutritious foods during pregnancy and beyond. “I am living a happy and a healthy life”, Queen asserts, adding with pride that her son has remained HIV-negative.

You can CLICK THE IMAGE to view all 117 images in a gallery of photographs from this assignment. Usage rights may be purchased for all of these photographs, but note that ‘© Robin Wyatt’ must be stated.

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Concern Universal in Malawi – Promoting the National Cookstove Taskforce

Concern Universal, supported by IrishAid, forms the Secretariat to Malawi’s National Cookstove Taskforce. The Taskforce was convened following the Government of Malawi’s decision to set a target of two million energy efficient cookstove users by 2020. I was engaged because Concern Universal and IrishAid saw a clear need for robust and compelling media material to support the Taskforce’s efforts to build support for the planned programme. In addition to the archive of captioned images I gathered (see below), I was also asked to design and provide content for a range of leaflets targeted at both national and international audiences, to write an article on the multiple benefits of the move towards cleaner cookstove usage nationwide (which may be turned into a presentation) and to design a logo for the Taskforce based on one of my images.

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Solofina (pictured below) is one of 18 members of the Kauma Stove Production Group in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe. The ability to generate income in this way has made a big difference to the group’s 12 women, as it has elevated their positions back home in the household. This is one of the many advantages of improved cookstove production that are perhaps less than immediately obvious, and one of my key tasks was to draw out and amplify these advantages across the promotional material I was producing. You can CLICK THE IMAGE to view all 60 images in a gallery of photographs from this assignment. Usage rights may be purchased for all of these photographs, but note that ‘© Robin Wyatt’ must be stated.

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EngenderHealth in India – Expanding Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health

Back in February, EngenderHealth asked me to travel to the North Indian state of Jharkhand to capture various aspects of their work on sexual and reproductive health with both urban and rural communities. Here, they are finding innovative means of engaging adolescents on what is very often a rather taboo topic. If you would like to read about this in more detail, you can have a look at my February 2014 newsletter: scroll down to the ‘View from the Field’ section. If you didn’t know already, I bring a newsletter like this out monthly. Click here to subscribe.

Gallery of images

You can CLICK THE IMAGE below to view all 75 images in a gallery of photographs from my assignment for EngenderHealth. If you are interested in purchasing rights to use any of these images, please write to me directly; rights may be purchased directly from this website from 15th February 2015. ‘© Robin Wyatt’ must be stated.

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