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Advancing our new strategy

Posted on 26th October 2019

From Anna Day, our Chief Executive.

In February 2019 trustees of The Mlambe Project met to develop a new strategy for the project, and we created an ambitious strategy to develop and extend school building and education to a level of transformative impact in Malawi.

We set a set of long term, ambitious goals to create 25,000 new classroom places in Malawi, through developing Malawi’s schools infrastructure. We also set an ambitious goal to create 10,000 new jobs.

Underpinning our work will be the principles of:

  1. Developing community leadership and participation in decision making and delivering and developing services that are responsive to community needs. We will work to drive local decision making in our projects and programmes and foster true local engagement to enhance the voices of beneficiaries.
  2. A South-South approach to development, utilising as much of the workforce in Malawi as possible and minimising approaches that require bringing in skills from outside the country. We will prioritise the employment of Malawians in this instance over external individuals This also means wherever possible, utilising developments already working well across the region to share expertise in development. We are aware of and recognise the inherent dangers of imposing on low-income nations a westernised model built on dependency-creation; rather,we seek to develop a model of development unique to Malawi, its people, its inherent strengths and the myriad beholden challenges.
  3. Iterative development  of each new project. The reflect and learn cycle has in-built programme evaluations into every project at phased stages of the projects or programmes.
  4. Embedding skills development– that wherever we are bringing in volunteers or staff from other countries, it is purely to work to embed those skills in the local workforce, and not as a permanent resource. Our focus is on knowledge transfer, sustainable in the local context and a ‘done with’ rather than ‘done for’ approach.
  5. Sustainable beyond our provision– We look to create projects that become locally-owned at the end of our initial funding, moving beyond a handout model of development to ensure successful transition of management to local hands in the long-term.

Our model of partnerships to achieve this work will be:

Our building model for developing further school places will be:

Quality indicators for schools:

How do we decide which schools to build?