Malawi

Our work in Malawi focuses on three topics: Gender-Based Violence; Climate Smart Economic Empowerment; and Fighting Inequality.

Malawi

Country director
Håvard Hovdhaugen
Mail: Havard.Hovdhaugen@nca.no
Phone: +266 888 846 312

JCP NCA-DCA
Area 13, plot 40, 1st Floor,
Lilongwe, Malawi
Phone: +265 887006236

Our work in Malawi focuses on three topics: Gender-Based Violence; Climate Smart Economic Empowerment; and Fighting Inequality.

According to the Global Peace Index 2019, Malawi is the third most peaceful country in Africa. Since independence in 1964, it has had stable governments, and since 1993, multi-party presidential and parliamentary elections. Although peaceful, Malawi remains an extremely poor country with systematic inequality and exclusion. The country faces challenges with a significant debt burden, corruption in public institutions and vulnerability to climate change. In 2018, the parliament passed a law in favour of the government, challenging the independence of civil society organisations. Malawi is ranked as one of the world’s worst countries in terms of gender equality, and roughly one-in-three women experience physical or sexual violence. The country faces resistance to promoting zero tolerance of all forms of gender-based violence and accepting women’s sexual reproductive health rights.

NCA Malawi started its interventions in 2002 with the focus of promoting sustainable development and built resilient community structures for social and economic progress.

WHO WE ARE

Starting from January 2021, Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) and Dan Church Aid (DCA) in Malawi joined forces to create a Joint Country Programme (JCP). The JCP strategy is an opportunity for both NCA and DCA to maximise the potential of our combined capacities and resources to further the rights of those in Malawi who are poor and marginalised. The new Joint Country Strategy rests firmly on the International strategies of both NCA and DCA, joint years of programming in Malawi, evaluation reflections of both country programmes, and thorough discussions in the strategy process. JCP Malawi is guided by the following vision: 'A just, accountable and inclusive Malawian society'

WHAT WE DO

NCA DCA JCP Malawi will continue to strengthen civil society actors and spaces to contribute to an equal, respectful, and inclusive society that allows women, men, girls and boys to live healthy, dignified lives and to claim their rights. Together with Malawian civil society organisations and other partners, the Joint Country Strategy 2021-2024 addresses the following long-term development programmes:

  • Gender-Based Violence (GBV)
  • Fighting Inequality (FI)
  • Climate Smart Economic Empowerment (CSEE)

HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE

JCP Malawi humanitarian work comprises of an increased capacity to respond to humanitarian crises with high quality services to save lives, alleviate suffering and protect human dignity. There is an opportunity for growth in local resilience and bridging the gap in the humanitarian-development nexus through emergency preparedness and response planning. This ensures appropriate, timely, effective, and coordinated response to crises when they occur.

LONG-TERM DEVELOPMENT

JCP Malawi enables people to climb out of poverty and build community resilience by tackling the issues of inequality, lack of employment opportunities and gender-based violence.

Click on the link below and download a factsheet about our work in Malawi

DCA in Malawi

Activities in Malawi

Cyclone Idai Response

Cyclone Idai Response

Idai is the most powerful tropical cyclone ever to have hit the Southern part of Africa. In Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique the cyclone violently destroyed homes, roads, means of communication and not least the lives of many people.

In Malawi specifically, Cyclone Idai caused floods so severe that thousdands of people were left without shelter, clean water, food, or protection. However, supported by vital funding funding from ECHO, DCA have been able to respond to the devastating floods by implementing a project targeting one of the hardest hit regions in Malawi and providing life saving assistance to vulnerable communities.

Seeing that crops and livelhoods were destroyed by the floods, the project have improved food security and livlhoods through the distribution of cash, livestock and seeds as well as the construction of water pumpsr to increase agrultural producution and secure livlhoods.

Active citizenship

Active citizenship

With our partners, we work to hold duty bearers accountable for not respecting, protecting and fulfilling the rights of Malawians. We thus empower rights holders to meaningfully participate in political decision-making and change processes and to have access to productive resources, innovative knowledge, social services and income generation opportunities.  

Right to Food

Right to Food

We work towards empowerment, advocacy, awareness raising and education for improved access to and control of productive resources such as land. We help rights holders to practice climate change adaptive techniques for resilient livelihoods. 

Read stories

Farming family par excellence
Smallholder irrigation farming is the way out of poverty

Launch of Youth Resource Centres
"This project pulled me back from marriage to school."

The power of a young lady
“Marriage is not a career. I have to make my future first."

Where we work in Malawi

JCP Malawi implements its programmes in fourteen districts in Malawi: Nsanje, Mangochi, Neno, Chikwawa, Ntcheu, Karonga, Dowa, Mchinji, Ntchisi, Thyolo, Blantyre, Rumphi and Mzimba. Interventions target civil society actors, including faith-based actors, to address the inequalities that underpin the challenges faced by women, girls and youth in local communities in Malawi.

Where we work in Malawi

JCP Malawi implements its programmes in fourteen districts in Malawi: Nsanje, Mangochi, Neno, Chikwawa, Ntcheu, Karonga, Dowa, Mchinji, Ntchisi, Thyolo, Blantyre, Rumphi and Mzimba. Interventions target civil society actors, including faith-based actors, to address the inequalities that underpin the challenges faced by women, girls and youth in local communities in Malawi.

Partners in Malawi

  • Norwegian Church Aid (NCA)
  • Malawi Human Rights Resource Centre (MHRCC)
  • Small Producers Development and Transporters Association (SPRODETA)
  • Women’s Legal Resource Centre (WOLREC)
  • Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM)
  • Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP)
  • Foundation for Civic Education and Social Empowerment (FOCESE)
  • Christian Service Committee (CSC)
  • Christian Action in Relief and Development (CARD)
  • Livingstonia Synod Health Department (LSHD)
  • Blantyre Synod Health Development Commission (BSHDC)
  • Civil Society Network on Climate Change (CISONECC)
  • Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy (DIPD)
  • Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM)
  • Youth and Society (YAS)
  • Technical Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TEVETA)
  • Press Trust

Donors in Malawi

Youth group in Mwanza championing Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights. Nzatonse Project.

Women groups targeted in bee keeping project by Landnet in Ntchisi

VSLA Group at Mpherembe

Patients attending services at a Bilka funded Musumbe Health Centre in Chitipa

Farmer at Phalasito Irrigation Cheme

©Obrien Chisambi

Expectant women attending health talks at Lunjika

Drilling water for small scale irrigation

Cooperative member for Zuwe Agroprocessing and beneficiary of  free seed and cash transfer

Cash transfer scheme to the poorest households at Chankhungu in Dowa to cusion food availability

Cash transfer by EAM targets old and other vulnerable people

Self reliant young lady now constructed her own house

Our global goals

Save lives
Our goal is to protect and save lives 

Build resilient communities
Our goal is to ensure sustainable development

Fight extreme inequality
Our goal is to fight political, social and environmental and economic inequality