Malawi

SECOND TREND SURVEY REPORT 2ND DRAFT MAZIKO PROJECT (NUTRITION FOUNDATIONS FOR MOTHERS AND CHILDREN)

This report presents results of the 2014 second trend survey carried out by CARE Malawi, in March, 2014. The report is the source of information of outcome indicators for children, lactating and pregnant mothers’ wellbeing which include health, nutrition, water and sanitation gender and social empowerment. In addition to presenting values for the specific indicators CARE Malawi values the report because it provides valuable information on the status of its activities on women and children in term of access to basic needs such as food, nutrition and health. The report also reveals the progress made over the two years towards the contribution of MAZIKO to the wellbeing of children and caregivers in Kasungu and Dowa. [127 pages] Read More...

Enhancing Community Resilience Programme 2011-2017

The Enhancing Community Resilience Programme (ECRP) was designed to address the chronic climate vulnerability faced by rural people in Malawi. It started in 2011 and is closing in 2017. The purpose of the ECRP is to increase the resilience of vulnerable communities to climate variability and change. DFID, Irish Aid and the Royal Norwegian Embassy fund the ECRP. Its total budget is £30.6m, of which £27m is provided by DFID.

ECRP had five major components that aim to build resilience to climate change. They are 1) improved capacity of local authorities (especially village, area and district civil protection committees); 2) improved and resilient livelihoods for vulnerable households in target areas; 3) enhanced early warning for District Governments and vulnerable households; 4) informed policy in areas relevant to climate and disaster resilience;
and 5) strengthened humanitarian response and recovery. Component 4 is managed by CEPA which aims to distil lessons learnt from the programme to advocate for improved policies and programmes at district and national level. Component five was added in 2015-16, following large scale floods that affected the country in January 2015, with the recovery component supporting households affected both by floods and the subsequent drought. Read More...

Global Partnership for Social Accountability- Strengthening Social Accountability in Education Baseline Survey

The purpose of this report is to present findings from baseline survey that was done concerning indicators for the Strengthening Social Accountability in the Education Sector in Malawi (SSAES). The baseline was done to provide the benchmark against the project’s key indicators for the purposes of monitoring, evaluation and learning.
The SSAES is a 3-year World Bank funded project being implemented by CARE Malawi, in partnership with the Civil Society Education Coalition (CSEC). The project is funded through the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA), a World Bank facility that supports civil society and governments to work together to solve critical governance challenges in developing countries. The SSAES project will be achieved through two key objectives, namely: - i) increased level of efficiency, transparency and accountability in the procurement processes; and ii) decreased teacher absenteeism. The project has a crosscutting component of Advocacy, Knowledge Management and Learning. The project is covering a total of 90 schools in six districts of Mzuzu City, Kasungu, Dedza, Balaka, Mwanza, and Mulanje.

The baseline was a cross sectional study using both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Primary data was done using five data collection tools: School questionnaire, household questionnaire, Focus Group Discussions (FGD), Key Informants Interviews (KII) and Observational methods. Data was collected from 6 project districts. A total of 360 household questionnaires, 46 school questionnaires, 15 Focus Group Discussions and 18 Key Informant Interviews were administered. Besides, the baseline used secondary data through desk review. Read More...

Food and Nutrition Security and Enhanced Resilience Baseline Study

The current SEWOH Nutrition Baseline Survey was conducted among women of reproductive age, infants and young children between the age of 6-23 months, as well as pre- and primary school children in Malawi in August and September 2015. The main objective of this survey was to describe the nutrition situation among the target groups in selected rural areas of the districts Dedza and Salima. Of special interest were Minimum Acceptable Diet (MAD) of infants and young children and Individual Dietary Diversity Score Women (IDDS-W). Further, it aimed to examine linkages between crop cultivation, dietary diversity and complementary feeding practices with living conditions as well as with knowledge and practice in regard to nutrition and hygiene. Read More...

Patsy Collins Trust Fund Initiative Cohort 2 Final Report

The project has observed that there is an increase in number of learners who are completing their primary education especially in the schools where PCFTI was being implemented. Three years ago because of various barriers only 50% of the learners would complete their primary education. However, this is no longer the case now. Though the average district completion rate for Kasungu is still low, the same has greatly improved in the schools where the project was being implemented. For instance, anecdotal evidence has shown that, completion rate among girls in primary education in the targeted schools has greatly improved. This has been achieved because of the effects of the combination of interventions such as strengthening of school and community based structures, facilitating development of School Improvement Plans (SIP) and the involvement of the Participatory Education Theatre (PET) groups which PCTFI has implemented for the past three years.
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Support for HIV-Vulnerable Women in Rural Malawi: Economic Empowerment and HIV Prevention

Since January 2010, CARE Malawi has been implementing an HIV Prevention and Economic Empowerment Program with funding from Johnson & Johnson Foundation. The grant piloted and built on lessons that sought to reduce the risk of HIV infection and increase economic empowerment for 1310 women who were assessed to be at highest risk of HIV infection in the rural villages of Lilongwe District in Malawi. CARE hypothesized that integrating HIV prevention and economic empowerment would address economic vulnerabilities to HIV infection and support behavior change. The program was implemented in two phases or economic cycles as follows: (a) Pilot Phase (January to December 2011) covering villages in Traditional Authorities (TA) of Chitekwere, Kalumbu, and Mazengera. An interim evaluation was done in December 2011 at the end of this first economic cycle. (b) Followup Phase (January to December 2013) covering villages in two Traditional Authorities (TA Kalumbu, and TA Mazengera). In 2012 prior to the start of this Phase, the Program expanded to new areas or villages in the two Traditional Authories after dropping out TA Chitekwere’s area. This warranted conducting an Phase II Baseline Survey which was done in March 2013 to establish the situation at the start of the Folloup Phase. 1 Read More...

El Niño Response Baseline Report

The baseline survey was conducted in Nsanje and Ntcheu districts where CARE is implementing an El Nino response project for a period of one year. These two are some of the districts in Malawi that have heavily been affected by dry spells caused by the El Nino winds. It is estimated that 52,139 and 51,105 households will have no food of their own in Nsanje and Ntcheu respectively. The baseline was carried out to establish the basis for measuring the project intervention’s achievements. Read More...

Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) for the Enhancing Community Resilience Programme

The baseline phase informed an array of indicators, a number of them contained in the programme level Log Frame (LF) and detailed in the Performance Measurement Framework for the programme. This covers indicators at the impact level, outcome level as well as under each of the five programme outputs. Some of these indicators are quantitative in nature, while others are meant to measure the quality of some of the outputs or processes being supported by the programme.
The main methods used during the baseline exercise to inform the indicator values included: a household survey covering the 11 targeted districts, focus groups, an agent-based modelling study, desk review, and an e-survey. Read More...

ECRP Baseline Survey Report

ECRP is a climate change adaptation and resilience building programme implemented by a consortium made up of CARE, Action Aid with Christian Aid as managing agency. The programme aims at reducing the existing and future negative impact caused by natural hazards and climate change by strengthening capacity of vulnerable communities to cope better with these climatic risks and become more resilient.
The programme outcome objective is to enable 305,000 people (27 774 male headed and 33226 female headed households) from seven vulnerable districts develop their capacity to increase their resilience to climatic risk by June 2016. This will contribute to the reduction of extreme poverty and hunger which will in turn contribute to the attainment of the Hyogo Framework for Action by halving disaster losses and increasing communities’ resilience to climate change in Malawi.
The baseline survey was undertaken to identify benchmarks on impact, outcome and output indicators against which programme progress will be measured. It was carried out during the period June to August 2012. Read More...

Developing Local Extension Capacity (DLEC) Project

The Developing Local Extension Capacity (DLEC) project’s planned engagement in Malawi leverages CARE’s existing Pathways to Secure Livelihoods Program (Pathways) already operating in the country. Pathways aims to empower poor women smallholder farmers to overcome the gender-based constraints that hinder women’s productive and equitable engagement in agriculture by achieving three inter-related objectives: 1) Increase the productive engagement of 65,000 poor women in sustainable agriculture and contribute to their empowerment; 2) Enhance the scale of high-quality, women-responsive agriculture programming at CARE; and 3) Contribute to the global discourse that surrounds women and agriculture. The cornerstone of Pathways is the Farmer Field and Business School (FFBS) model of integrated extension and advisory services (EAS). Designed as a common program intervention model, the FFBS aims to go beyond demonstrating agricultural practices that can increase yields, to build capacity and essential skills around market engagement, gender equity and empowerment issues, and nutrition practices. The engagement will create and disseminate digital content across these four domains based on existing FFBS modules, and provide evidence for the relative efficacy of two different content platforms, measured by adoption of practices. Read More...

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