GOAL has been working in Malawi since 2002. We deliver programmes across five districts in the Southern Region, including Nsanje, Chikwawa and Machinga. Running to an operating budget of €2.3M in 2018, GOAL promotes resilient wellbeing by helping people to survive crises, maintain their health, build food security and grow their income. Within this, key areas of strength include: disaster risk reduction, WASH, nutrition, agricultural livelihoods,
cash transfer programming and financial inclusion.
What we do in Malawi
Building community resilience
GOAL has a long history of responding to disasters in Malawi. In 2019, GOAL was a first responder to regional flooding – providing emergency food and non-food items to affected communities. The team also provides regular support to food insecure households by granting food and cash distributions during the lean season.
GOAL works closely with the Department of Disaster Management Affairs to strengthen Civil Protection Committee structures, support community hazard mapping and warning system development. The team use GOAL’s Analysis of Resilience in Communities to Disaster (ARC-D) toolkit to measure and analyse community resilience and plan appropriate responses. We also provide technical services to external stakeholders.
Improving WASH and sexual reproductive health
GOAL has extensive experience in the fields of WASH and sexual reproductive health.
In Malawi, WASH activities improve rural water supply and include the facilitation of water point operation/maintenance committees – as well as Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) and demand-led sanitation marketing. GOAL also promotes menstrual hygiene management for girls in school.
Our sexual and reproductive health programme focuses largely on youth. Working with young people in and out of school, we support youth-led analysis and action, promote positive behaviour change and help service providers respond to the needs of vulnerable young people. GOAL’s innovative programming also promotes a nexus between climate change and family planning.
Food security through education and livelihoods
GOAL takes an integrated approach to Food & Nutrition Security. Closely linked to Sustainable Livelihoods, we seek to diversify production, improve food access and reduce seasonal food insecurity.
We use GOAL’s innovative Nutrition Impact Positive Practices (NIPP) Approach to tackle the underlying causes of malnutrition at a community level, through behaviour change and practical action including micro-gardening and cooking demonstrations. GOAL works in close collaboration with Village Health Committees and Health Surveillance Assistants, as well as training families and caregivers to screen their children for malnutrition using simple MUAC (Mid Upper Arm Circumference) measuring tapes, thereby enhancing early detection of malnutrition cases.
Building business skills and maximising value
Building on our work in Nutrition & Food Security, GOAL supports resilience-building efforts that range from diversified cropping and small-scale irrigation to capacity building for climate smart agriculture. The team also links farmers with weather information systems for improved subsistence planning, as well as facilitating watershed management, resource conservation and enterprise development.
GOAL is also looking to strengthen agricultural and livestock value chains - and are currently exploring new opportunities in moringa. We help individuals build financial literacy and business management skills, linking them to informal and formal financial services to build long-term economic security.
GOAL's COVID-19 response in Malawi
In Malawi, we have been implementing COVID-19 response activity across the country, working closely with Government and other humanitarian actors engaged in the response. We have procured a range of protective materials, together with key sanitation items, and distributed these to health facilities and targeted households/communities.
GOAL has supported the Magoti Mothers’ group in Nsanje District in southern Malawi to expand its sewing circle to start making reusable health masks. The group – which currently sews reusable sanitary pads for disadvantaged teenage girls – plan to make 700 masks, 300 of which will be purchased by GOAL. This enterprise will be an extra income stream for the women who are struggling to make ends meet.
- Facilitated unconditional cash transfers reaching over 71,500 people.
- More than 70,000 young people across almost 900 youth clubs reached with key messaging on sexual and reproductive health.
- Over 3,000 people engaged with our Nutrition Impact & Positive Practice (NIPP) approach.
- Rehabilitated 23 boreholes serving at least 20,000 people.
- Trained over 250 lead farmers on climate-sensitive agriculture who shared this information with 10 times the number.
- Strengthened over 50 Village Savings & Loans Associations (VSLAs) with membership totaling 1,250 people.