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support NGO for organizations of the poor.

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The Centre for Community Organisation and Development (CCODE) is a Malawian non-profit organization founded in 2003, working in Alliance with the Federation of the Rural and Urban Poor. CCODE was established to enhance the living conditions of the poor in Malawi by empowering them to change their lives. 



Our Mission is to be a leading institution in empowering organizations of the poor in Malawi to be socio-economically self-reliant through capacity building initiatives.


To empower poor communities to become materially and intellectually self-reliant.


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This is a people-responsive five year program that allows communities to “learn by doing”. It uses a bottom up approach in planning and engagement with duty bearers. The program resists the dominant tendency of viewing M&E processes in a traditional sense. M&E process under this program is not privy to professionals or just a tool for compliance but rather it is part and parcel of standard community business, undertaken through participatory dialogue and reflection by the poor and directly linked to local action. Central to LME process is the legitimization of knowledge created within poor communities.

The learning, monitoring and evaluation (LME) program is aimed at strengthening community process through data collection and advocacy. Strengthening community process focuses on community mobilization, community Organisation and re-Organisation and capacity building exercise. This process is driven by savings groups that provide a supportive space for poor women and youth - boys and girls, to become active local organizers. Lean More

The DESWOS project is titled "improvement of the health and income situation of the poor rural population in the districts of Mulanje and Blantyre" The project is being implemented with financial support from the German Development Assistance Association for Social Housing (Deswos) and  the Federal Republic of German (BMZ). The project that started in 2019 is for three and half years. The project intends to improve access to sanitation and hygiene by among other things constructing culturally acceptable sanitation and improving hygiene behavior. It is also strengthening the sanitation value chains in the targeted areas. Learn More


The Economic Empowerment Intervention program is a five years program being implemented in Madisi, Dowa in Malawi. The program aims to socially and economically empower the community members living in the catchment area of the Madisi United Methodist Church (UMC) through capacity building of community savings groups and investment cooperatives. The program is achieving this objective by investing in the following areas. The building of strong community leadership to champion transformative social change; support investments in small and medium businesses and agriculture; promotion of the savings with a purpose culture, and development skills.

The program is being implemented in partnership with United Methodist Church of the Resurrection (CoR) and the United Methodist Church in Malawi.  CoR is a congregation of the United Methodist Church based in Kansas, United States of America. Lean More

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CODE was registered as Centre for Community Organisation and Development Trust under theTrustees Incorporation Act of Malawi in November 2003. As an NGO, its focus

Reflecting on 2020: lessons learned in an extraordinary year

Reflecting on 2020: lessons learned in an extraordinary year

While 2020 has been a challenging year for many development practitioners in Malawians, CCODE did not slack in striving to become a leading institution in

Poor Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Facilities Reduces School Attendance Especially for Girls for Some Schools In Mulanje

Poor Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Facilities Reduces School Attendance

CCODE Executive Director Zilire Luka The organization noted an acute shortage of toilets in most primary schools in Mulanje hence intervening to reduce the gap.“The


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