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Christian Aid in Malawi

Christian Aid Malawi has extensive experience in implementing projects funded by institutional and other key donors.

We have unique experience and an excellent reputation in analysing vulnerability and designing programmes that support resilience and disaster risk reduction.

Combined with Christian Aid’s emerging expertise on market development, this leaves us well placed to make a significant contribution in Malawi.

The Department for International Development-funded Building Disaster Resilient Communities (BDRC) programme built on our previous emergency and rural livelihoods experience and strengthened our expertise in disaster response and resilience.

The European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO) has supported the DIPECHO Disaster Risk Reduction programme in Chikhwawa District with three rounds of funding.

This programme focuses on building the capacity of vulnerable communities in the Chikhwawa region to anticipate, prepare, mitigate and respond to climate change-related disasters, such as floods.

The lessons learnt from the DIPECHO and BDRC programmes acted as a launch pad for the Enhancing Community Resilience Programme (ECRP), which runs until 2016 and is funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), Irish Aid and the Norwegian Embassy.

The Scottish Government has funded projects on sexual and reproductive health and HIV, including:

  • work with the Christian Health Association of Malawi to establish youth-friendly services, train personnel and scale up community HIV and sexual and reproductive health services through community volunteers and outreach programmes
  • the consortium-led Empowerment for Health and Livelihoods project, focusing on holistic HIV and AIDS programming using the SAVE approach – safer practices, access to treatment and nutrition, voluntary counselling and testing and empowerment – and national advocacy
  • work with Foundation for Community Support Services (FOCUS) and Malawi Union of the Seventh Day Adventist Church HIV and AIDS Programme (MASHAP), together with Karonga District health office, to contribute towards the achievement of Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 by addressing the major causes of maternal, neonatal and child mortality in Karonga District, northern Malawi, using a community-based approach.
  • Work with the Malawi Health Equity Network (MHEN) and the Foundation for Community Support Services (FOCUS) together with Balaka District Health Office to reduce barriers to equitable and quality maternal and child healthcare and enable women, girls and communities to access quality healthcare and demand transparency and accountability in service delivery. 

Through DFID’s Programme Partnership Arrangement (PPA) we work with Malawi Network of Religious Leaders Affected or Infected with HIV (MANERELA+) to promote a faith-based response to reducing stigma and discrimination and to reduce malaria.

We work with Theatre for a Change and Malawi’s Ministry of Education to promote HIV behaviour change, gender rights and life skills, targeting 7 of 10 Malawi’s teacher training colleges and 3,500 primary school teachers annually.

We work with MHEN to empower communities to hold community, district and national level duty bearers accountable for the provision of healthcare through evidence-based advocacy and budget analysis, and with Adventist Health Services (AHS) to support the delivery of maternal, neonatal and child health services and strengthen community-based health structures. Through our partnership with FOCUS we mobilise communities to address socio-cultural norms, practices and laws that prevent women and children accessing healthcare.

Under the PPA, we also work with Environmental Association of Malawi to promote fuel-efficient cook stoves and develop high-value crops like pigeon peas.

ECRP (Enhancing Community Resilience Programme) enables households to build resilient, sustainable and profitable livelihoods and gives them a voice in decisions affecting them.

The programme has reduced existing and future risks caused by natural hazards and climate change and strengthened the capacity of vulnerable communities to cope with current risks or adapt to new ones.

ECRP aims to reach 305,000 people in seven vulnerable districts in central and southern Malawi, developing their capacity to increase resilience to climatic risks.

UK aid, Irish Aid and the Norwegian Embassy have provided more than £10m in funding for the five-year programme. Christian Aid leads the consortium of CARE and Action Aid, 10 local NGOs and three technical partners.