Norwegian Church Aid in Malawi
- Presence established: 2002
- Funds used in 2019: 34.9 million NOK
Our work in Malawi focuses on three topics: Climate Smart Ecoomic Empowerment; Gender-Based Violence; and Figthing 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.
Together with its partners, NCA has promoted sustainable development and built resilient community structures for social and economic progress in Malawi since 2002. For NCA, partnering with civil society actors is the primary approach to fulfilling its mandate to strengthen civil society. Partnerships with trusted local NGOs have therefore been crucial for NCA in Malawi to achieve long-term capacity development at the grassroots.
NCA in Malawi strengthens 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, NCA implements long-term development programmes in the following areas:
· Gender-Based Violence (GBV)
· Fighting Inequality (FI)
· Climate Smart Economic Empowerment (CSEE)
NCA increases local resilience and bridges 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.
NCA in 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.
NCA implements its programmes in nine districts in Malawi: Ntcheu, Nsanje, Karonga, Neno, Dowa, Mchinji, Ntchisi, Thyolo and Mangochi. 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.