Achieving a

Sustainable and Equitable Recovery

in Rwanda and Malawi

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted lives and livelihoods across the globe. In Malawi and Rwanda, two low-income countries which took radically different approaches to dealing with the virus in 2020 (no lockdown in former and an early lockdown in the latter), the pandemic is affecting not only local people’s health and incomes, but also their ‘resilience’ to climate change. 

CCC19 Project Introduction

CCC19 Project Objectives

1Develop the research and institutional capacity among partners necessary to develop a critical understanding of the link between the COVID-19 pandemic and local resilience to climate change.

2Develop new knowledge on the links between COVID-19 and climate change in the context of planning for post-COVID-19 public health and climate resilience.

3Generate and comparatively analyze new data on the interrelated determinants of public health and climate resilience among the most vulnerable people in Malawi and Rwanda .

4 Produce recommendations via relevant outputs and disseminated through multiple channels among diverse stakeholder groups in Malawi, Rwanda and the UK.

Equality and Diversity


The CCC19 team honors diversity in gender, ethnicity, race, class, age, religion, sexuality, and disability—and wants to recognize it at every step. We believe the best participatory research outcomes draw from a multitude of perspectives. To produce the most reliable social science and to foster positive spaces in Rwanda and Malawi, we galvanize inclusive practices. Such inclusivity reflects a turn towards ….

Dr. Laine Munir

Co-Investigator, Project’s Gender Equality Officer,
Center of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management,
University of Rwanda (UR)

Our partners

Local Stories

“We will be sharing stories told by people in local communities who are at the centre of this project. You will be able to learn first-hand about impact Climate Change and COVID-19 have had on their lives and livelihoods.”

Project Team Leads

Dr. Michael Mikulewicz

Principal Investigator

Prof. Beth Kaplin

Co-Investigator, Rwanda Lead

Dr. Griphin Chirambo

Co-Investigator, Malawi Lead