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AECDM is the nation’s oldest leader in early childhood care and development in Malawi. It works to help children and families through a variety of initiatives. It serves ECD centres, proprietors, directors, government departments, academicians, local and international organizations and many other stakeholders. Partners include:
  1. NGOs- Local & International
  2. Faith based organizations
  3. Community Based Organizations
  4. Community Based Child Care Centres and Private Nursery Schools
  5. Academic institutions


AECDM’s programs and projects are designed to deliver benefits and put in place structures, knowledge and skills, which will continue to deliver tangible results for children and families to promote early stimulation, growth and enhance a holistic approach to meet the needs of children. This is achieved by building the capacity of AECDM and other key stakeholders to take the work forward beyond the funding period.

In Malawi we have the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare, as such every program linked to children activities are inter-linked. This ensures continuous support to the key beneficiaries and actors of AECDM’s different projects and programs.

Current Donors and Projects

Roger Federer Foundation (RFF)School Readiness Initiative Blantyre, Salima6 years
UNICEFStrengthening Integrated ECD with focus on the first 1,000 daysDedza1 Year
OSISAInvesting in early years Machinga, Mangochi1 Year

Roger Federer Foundation (RFF)

Since 2011, the Roger Federer Foundation has been implementing a comprehensive early childhood development programme in 10 districts across Malawi in 80 model and 400 satellite Community Based Childcare Centres (CBCCs) with various interventions aimed at improving the lives and wellbeing of poor and vulnerable children through promoting access to quality and sustainable ECD services. The programme has been successful in achieving systemic changes, increasing access to quality ECD services and strengthening capacity of 4,800 caregivers and various community structures to support the early learning of 150,000 children. During the implementation of this programme it became apparent that children from CBCCs faced challenges as they transitioned into formal education as schools were not ready for them and there was no supportive structure for their learning journey.

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

UNICEF through World Relief Malawi (WRM) constructed 2 model Community Based Child Care-Centres (CBCCs) at Paiwe and Makankhula in Chimbiya Zone, Dedza district. The project centred on ECD centre access, stimulation, capacity building to communities around the 2 model centres and child protection through children’s corners. UNICEF has, therefore, contracted AECDM to continue and capitalize on the gains derived from WRM project and focus on the child holistically by providing integrated ECD services focusing more on the first 1000 days of a child. The project is targeting 77 villages in Chimbiya zone which covers T/A Kaphuka and part of T/A Kachere. The direct beneficiaries of this project are children who are below 5 years. Indirectly, pregnant women, mothers including adolescent mothers, parents, CBCC committee and caregivers are also benefiting from this project.

Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA)

The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) is part of the global network of Open Society Foundations (OSF) and operates in eleven southern African countries: Angola, Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. OSISA promotes open society values by working towards building vibrant and tolerant democracies across the region, through our various thematic and country programmes.

OSISA programmes address issues in the following priority spheres: Economic and Social Justice cluster; Democracy and Governance cluster; Human Rights, Rule of Law and Access to Justice cluster; and Women’s Rights programme.