About the ECD Coalition Malawi

The Early Childhood Development (ECD) Coalition of Malawi was established in 2010 and is a membership organization. The Coalition was setup by stakeholders as a platform for sharing experiences, lessons learnt and to strengthen the voice of citizens and stakeholders regarding the ECD agenda in Malawi. The ECD Coalition is fully registered with the Malawi Government under the Trustees Incorporation Act (CAP 5:03). The Coalition is also a member of the Council for Non-Governmental Organizations in Malawi and the Nongovernmental Organizations Board of Malawi. The ECD Coalition has a mandate to advocate for quality delivery of ECD services with the understanding that the developments in the early years determine life-gains for every human being (Churchill, 2016).

Major Achievements

Success in developing strategic partnerships and mobilizing resources for ECD advocacy work including at transnational level, for example the Transnational ECD Advocacy project being implemented in partnership with Zimbabwe and Lesotho national ECD Networks; funded by the Education Out Loud. The World Bank funded project is also another major achievement for the Coalition.

Securing of an office space in Area 47 for the Coalition Secretariat

Production of budget tracking guidelines for ECD Coalition Members

Engagement with parliamentary committees (on Budget, Social and Community Development; and Education) on ECD issues

Identification of ECD Champions (the First Lady of the Republic of Malawi, Members of Parliament, Senior government Management Team and community members)

Strategic Affiliations

The ECD Coalition is affiliated to the Africa Early Childhood Development Network (AfECN), and has strong collaboration with ECD networks globally. countries such as Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Lesotho, Swaziland, Tanzania, Nigeria, Senegal, Mozambique and Burkina Faso. The ECD Coalition is also a member of the International Step by Step Association (ISSA), a European region ECD network.

Our Vision

To be a driving force for quality, accessible and holistic ECD services for every child to attain his or her full developmental potential.

Our Mission

To promote high quality, holistic ECD as a foundation for the best start in life through advocacy, research, capacity building, resource mobilization, monitoring and evaluation, collaboration and partnership for national development.