Joseph Chirwa has created two initiatives in his home country of Malawi. The first is a community-based waste management program in the city of Kasungu. The other is Atsikana, which educates and empowers young girls in 15 different schools.


Joseph is a graduate student at Northern Arizona University in Sustainable Communities. In 2019, he was awarded the Maxwell-Lutz Community Impact Award by the university for his work in his home country of Malawi.

My name is Joseph Chirwa. I am from Malawi. I live in Flagstaff with my wife Towie and my two girls, Leora (3 years) and Keisha (7 months). I’m currently a second-year doctoral student in the Political Science and International Affairs Program at Northern Arizona University.

My research interests are public policy, community sustainability, and environmental politics. After completing my studies, I plan to move back to Malawi and continue working in community development, empowering women and girls.