ERIC Number: ED467214
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Changing Roles of Non-Governmental Organisations in Education in Malawi.
Kadzamira, Esme Chipo; Kunje, Demis
A study was commissioned by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Africa, to investigate the changing roles of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in basic education in Africa. This Malawi case study was conducted by the Centre for Educational Research and Training of the University of Malawi. Information for the study was collected through interviews with key stakeholders in crucial institutions such as the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST); Ministry of Gender, Youth and Community Service (MoGYCS), the ministry responsible for NGO registration; donor agencies that are currently responsible for youth registration; donor agencies that are currently using NGOs to implement their programs, particularly in basic education and NGOs directly involved in education. The study used nine NGOs and four international, three local, and two networking coalitions. Six lessons learned from NGO experience in the education sector in Malawi were: (1) regulation of NGOs within the sector is weak; (2) MoEST should monitor NGO activities and give direction to ensure coherence and harmony in efforts exerted within the sector; (3) the little interaction that exists between NGOs and MoEST is superficial, with weak mechanisms for collaboration; (4) absence of meaningful interaction between NGOs and MoEST robs the system of opportunities to scale up programs; (5) in the recent past, the roles of NGOs in education in Malawi have evolved from service provision to policy advocacy; and (6) NGOs could do well to involve MoEST from the designing to the implementation stages of innovations to increase the chance of government adopting the innovations nationally. (Contains 13 references.) (BT)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Developing Nations, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Educational Research, Foreign Countries, Interviews, Nongovernmental Organizations
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Agency for International Development (IDCA), Washington, DC. Bureau for Africa.
Authoring Institution: Academy for Educational Development, Washington, DC.; American Institutes for Research, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Malawi