Ministry of Gender, Community Development, and Social Welfare (MoGCDSW)

The MoGCDSW is the ministry responsible for Adult Learning and Education (ALE) in Malawi. Key areas of cooperation include policy development, national M&E framework revision, strategy development, and lobbying and advocacy. Partnership with the ministry is through the National Centre for Literacy and Adult Education (NACLAE). DVV International also works with the decentralised staff of the Ministry at district level, particularly the Community Development Officers and Assistants, in the implementation and monitoring of community-based ALE programmes. (


Catholic University of Malawi (CUNIMA)

The Catholic University of Malawi (CUNIMA) is an institution of higher learning accredited by the National Council for Higher Education which was established by the Episcopal Conference of Malawi on October 16, 2004. The mission of CUNIMA is to contribute to the integral development of the nation through vocational training, academic courses and research activities that are tailored to most critical needs of the nation.

DVV International and CUNIMA are working together to offer and pilot a third level course for adult educators and personnel, which will contribute to the professionalization and enhancement of the capacity of ALE sector. Currently there are no third level institutions providing such ALE courses in Malawi.  As such many governmental and non-governmental staff working in the field of ALE do not possess any specific qualification in this field, with most being trained in community development or other related fields.


Civil Society Education Coalition (CSEC)

Civil Society Education Coalition (CSEC) is a national umbrella organization for CSOs and NGOs working in the field of education in Malawi. It advocates for the right to quality education for all through a range of interventions, including by influencing policy, mobilizing communities for action, and exploring innovations that bring meaningful change, as well as research and capacity building. CSEC work aims to transform the school and learning environment while strengthening the national education system by influencing a positive culture that promotes education for all. 

DVV International is working with CSEC to ensure that ALE receives equal attention alongside other sub-sectors of education. CSEC has, like many national education coalitions, been mainly focused on CD, primary, secondary and tertiary education. Through activities carried out in partnership (such as workshops and round tables), as well as ongoing advocacy, ALE is gaining more recognition in Malawi. CSEC supported the establishment of a thematic group for CSOs working in the ALE field. 


Centre for Human Rights Education, Advice and Assistance (CHREAA)

CHREAA is a Malawian not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion and protection of human rights. They assist vulnerable and marginalised people to access justice through civic education. In partnership with DVV International and the Malawi Prison Service, CHREAA is implementing an education programme for prison inmates, focusing on skills training, that was rolled out in 2020.


Forum for Development of Youth with Disabilities (FDYD)

Forum for Development for Youth with Disabilities is a platform that aims to create an inclusive and accessible environment for youth with disabilities to engage, learn, and grow. The forum provides resources, support, and advocacy for youth with disabilities and their families, promoting their participation in all aspects of society.

The forum's focus is on youth with disabilities, recognizing that this population faces unique challenges in accessing education, employment, and other opportunities. It seeks to address these challenges by providing information and resources to youth with disabilities and their families, as well as working with policymakers and organizations to promote disability rights and accessibility.

The organisation also encourages the participation of youth with disabilities in leadership roles, recognizing the importance of their voices and perspectives in shaping policies and programs that affect their lives. Through its programs and initiatives, the forum strives to empower youth with disabilities to achieve their full potential and become active and engaged members of their communities.

FDYD in collaboration with DVV International is implementing Inclusive Integrated Adult Education (IIAE) in Blantyre.

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