Stategies, Results and Impacts of Evaluations 2011 - 2013
CARE established operations in Malawi in 1998. Malawi is one of the most densely populated countries in Africa, with a population of almost 16 million people, half of whom are below the age of 15. CARE’s programs include food security, agriculture, health, education, and social and economic empowerment, especially for women.
Fill Hearts, Minds and Bellies
In rural Malawi, completing even a primary education is one of the most precious things anyone can achieve.
CARE's Pathways Program Empowers Women in Malawi
Watch Anastazia Saka and Vicknes Chimbonga, two women members of the Village Savings and Loan groups in Malawi, share their stories about how participating in savings groups is changing their lives. This video introduces the Pathways program and features an interview with Henry Swira, Program Director at CARE-Malawi.
Push, Pull and Cross-Cutting Strategies
A Pathways Programming Approach
Results of a Baseline Assessment From Six Countries in Africa and Asia
“Please Henry don’t talk to me in vernacular, I don’t want to be punished once my colleagues and teachers hear me talking our vernacular while in the campus.”
These were Rhoda Chaima’s first words when I recently visited her at Santhe secondary school in Malawi. Rhoda was referring to a policy by the school that requires every student to speak English as one way of improving their fluency.
"For one to be productive, you need to have access to resources and to markets," says Henry Swira. "And it's easier for men to have access to resources, because that's how traditionally it's been constructed, when actually it is women who do 70 per cent of the work in the field."
In Africa, the majority of food is grown by women, yet women own less than 2 percent of the world’s land, access only 10 percent of agricultural credit, and are routinely – systematically? – excluded from oppportunities to engage in more profitable agricultural activities and productive crop systems.
An educated girl is more likely to delay marriage and childbirth, enjoy greater income and productivity, and raise fewer, healthier and better-educated children.