Supporting the Efforts of Partners in Malawi
We are partnering with local civil society organizations in Malawi.
We are strengthening the capacity of civil society to improve access to public services, including healthcare, education, environmental protection, and clean water, and partnering with the Malawi Parliament to strengthen transparency and accountability.
STEPS engages local organizations across Malawi. Most of the partners operate nationwide or in multiple districts, with administrative offices based in Blantyre, Chikwawa, Lilongwe, Mangochi, Mzimba, and Zomba districts.
We are enhancing the effectiveness of civil society organizations through organizational capacity development and service delivery grants, while ensuring sustainability through a cascading model that trains organizations to train others in effective service delivery.
One of the poorest countries in the world, Malawi faces a myriad of challenges relating to health, education, governance, agriculture, and climate change. A strong civil society is needed to advocate for policy reform to address these challenges and work with the government to co-create lasting solutions. While Malawi’s civil society sector is visible and vocal – as of 2013, more than 600 organizations were registered in country – funding challenges, capacity limitations, and other obstacles have hampered their ability to deliver impactful and sustainable solutions.
Counterpart’s STEPS project ensures the development of a capable, effective civil society that will contribute to national development, achieve positive results, and remain accountable to the people of Malawi. The project works directly with local civil society organizations across the country, helping to create stronger responses to some of Malawi’s most urgent needs, including HIV/AIDS and malaria and most recently parliamentary support aimed at strengthening effectiveness of legislature to carry out its oversight, legislative, and representation functions.
Since its launch in 2014, STEPS has assisted our partners – both CSO and government – to make the following improvements in service delivery, ensuring that the needs of Malawian citizens are met in a more timely, effective, and sustainable manner. Key accomplishments include:
Funder: United States Agency for International Development (USAID)