CARE's work in Malawi

CARE has been working in Malawi since 1998. One of Africa's most densely populated countries, it is also one of the poorest and has a very young population. Inequality is rife and HIV infection rates are high. 

We work to ensure people can earn a decent living and access food, medicines and information about health risks such as HIV. We run programmes on agriculture, health, education, and social and economic empowerment, especially for women. We also play an active role in supporting Malawi's emerging civil society – its charities and community organisations.

Giving people a say in decision-making

In 2002, CARE Malawi pioneered an innovative way to involve poor and marginalised community groups in monitoring the quality and availability of services such as health care. The Community Score Cards approach, developed as part of a health services project, was an innovative way to engage local people in 'scoring' the services they receive, assessing the obstacles to accessing those services, and developing a shared strategy for improvement. 

Since its inception, the Community Score Card process has become an internationally recognised process for improving service delivery. It has been a central component of many of CARE's governance programmes not just in Malawi but in many other countries including Rwanda, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Egypt.

You can directly support poor entrepreneurs in Malawi

Our Lendwithcare programme works with local microfinance institution partners to offer loans to people in poor communities who are starting or building up a small business. Find out more about Lendwithcare and how you can make a small loan directly to an entrepreneur in Malawi.

CARE's impact

We work in 104 countries around the world, saving lives in emergencies and finding long-term solutions to poverty for millions of people every year.

About CARE

Founded in 1945 to send 'CARE packages' to people recovering from war, we have been fighting poverty in the world’s poorest countries for 75 years.

Our aims

We empower women and girls to fulfil their potential – because when one woman is helped out of poverty, she brings her family and community with her.

Your support

Your support is what makes our poverty-fighting work possible. You can trust us to spend our funds wisely and effectively to help people in need.

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