Malawi is one of the least developed countries in Africa. Agriculture accounts for about one-third of GDP and 85% of the population live in rural areas, most of whom eke a living as subsistence farmers.

Illiteracy and high prevalence of HIV/AIDS remain as obstacles to economic growth. Nearly half of all girls receive no primary school education.

Part of the Government’s National Education Sector Plan (2008 – 2017) is to diversify approaches for delivering technical and vocational training and to ensure that vulnerable groups are empowered with survival and employable skills. This is where Tools for Self Reliance comes in.

We work with indigenous organisations to support people in the rural economy. In common with our approach elsewhere our focus is on the most vulnerable in society, including orphans and vulnerable children, women and people living with a disability.


Tools for Self Reliance works with its partners in Malawi to give people the opportunity to get out of poverty and into work. Our partners are non-governmental organisations who work successfully in their local communities.

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Foundation for Community and Capacity Development (FOCCAD)

FOCCAD is a not for profit community based organisation that is aiming to create social change to the lives of marginalised groups, through a ‘rights based’ approach to programming and development. Tools for Self Reliance support FOCCAD in improving the livelihoods status of poor and vulnerable women and youth in the Nkhotakota District.

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Foundation for Education and Social Development (FESODEV)

FESODEV was established with the purpose of assisting underprivileged and disadvantaged people by introducing initiatives that lead to poverty reduction and a sense of independence. Tools for Self Reliance support FESODEV’s programme of improving the skills and knowledge of existing trade groups.

Young Achievers Foundation (YAF)

YAF is a community based organisation, formed with the aim of challenging obstacles affecting youth development. YAF works by protecting the rights of children and young people, and providing care and support to vulnerable people such as orphans, people with disabilities, and people living with HIV/AIDS. One of its programmes is the provision of vocational training to provide employment opportunities.

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Youth Organisation for Health and Development (YOHAD)

The aims of YOHAD are to contribute towards the promotion of gender equality, reduction of new HIV infection among the youth and care and support to infected and affected households. They also aim to address issues surrounding climate change and the promotion of sustainable rural livelihoods through the meaningful involvement and participation of youths. Tools for Self Reliance support YOHAD in its vocational education programme.

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Youth and Community Development Organisation (YouthCode)

Potential Partners

We are currently not seeking any new partners within our Malawi programme, so will not be accepting any partnership requests for the time being – we will update the website when this changes

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