CISONECC Member Organisations

CISONECC members are expected to perform awarded jobs and assignments that relate to work and activities of the network conscientiously and in a responsible manner, act in an accountable and responsible manner in the best interest of the network. This includes safe guarding the intellectual property of the network and upholds the network code of conduct.

To date, CISONECC membership has grown from the original six (6) civil society organizations in 2008 to fifty-five (55) members as of December 2016.  Its membership is a combination of local and international NGOs, faith-based groups and networks/associations passionately involved in climate change and disaster risk management (DRM) in Malawi.



ActionAid International Malawi has been running development programmes and projects in rural and urban assemblies. We have been working with various partners, local NGOs, networks, Coalitions, Community Based Organizations (CBO) and various to deliver the desired programmes using human rights based programming and clear understanding of women’s and child rights and the rights of poor and vulnerable people.

ActionAid Malawi is implementing long term integrated and issue based development programmes in 14 districts which include Chitipa, Rumphi, Nkhatabay, and Mzimba in the northern region. Salima, Ntchisi, Mchinji, Lilongwe Peri-Urban and Dedza in the central region. In the southern region AAIM is working in Machinga, Phalombe, Neno, Chiradzulu and Nsanje. In addition to these long term programmes ActionAid Malawi is also implementing short and long term donor funded thematic projects at national level in districts such as Zomba, Thyolo, Nkhotakota, Karonga In the next 5 years(2012-2017) ActionAid Malawi is focusing on three priority areas which are:

  1. Commitment to women’s and girls’ rights
  2. Committing to influencing national development strategies/policies and consolidation of democracy
  3. Building resilience of the rights holders in the context of climate change, natural disasters and human conflict



create positive and sustainable change in the lives of poor and marginalised people regardless of their religion, politics, gender, sexual orientation, race or nationality in keeping with the highest international codes and standards. Members are associated with the World Council of Churches or the Lutheran World Federation.

ACT Alliance is supported by 25,000 staff from member organisations and mobilises about $1.5 billion for its work each year in three targeted areas: humanitarian aid; development; and advocacy.

ACT Alliance is deeply rooted in the communities it serves. It has earned the trust and respect of local people long before large international interventions scale up, and remains steadfast in its grassroots commitments for many years after world attention has shifted elsewhere.

This means that every day, ACT Alliance is on the frontlines: addressing systemic poverty; supporting survivors of disasters, wars and conflicts; training rural communities in sustainable agricultural techniques; helping people adapt to environmental change; and influencing governments and other key decision makers to safeguard citizens’ human rights.



The core sectors in which AG.Care is working on are climate change, climate justice, conservation farming, HIV and AIDS national response, and water, hygiene and sanitation. Nevertheless, climate change activities are mainstreamed in all projects which AG Care is implementing.

In line with climate change, AG Care is involved with training communities in production and use of fuel efficient stoves, rehabilitation of catchment areas, afforestation, raising awareness of communities in early warning system, flood management and water harvesting for vegetable production and training of teachers and school learners in primary and secondary schools through clubs in climate change. In addition to that, AG Care together with other NGOs and government departments is reviewing the strategic plan for the water department of the Salima district council. The aim of the review is to make sure that the plan takes into account climate change issues. This is a sole initiative of AG Care. As way of reducing effects of unpredicted rainfall patterns which has resulted from climate change, AG Care is training farmers in conservation farming.

Further to that AG Care is also working to improve communities’ access to water and sanitation through the construction of adoption of good hygiene practices.

AG Care also trains different Malawi assemblies Of God church leaders and members in trainer of Trainers manner in different HIV and AIDS topics including Reproductive Health, Positive Living, Relationship between HIV and AIDS and TB, and Mutual Faithfulness as part of its HIV and AIDS program.

Lastly, AG Care is also involved in microfinance as it is facilitating the establishment of Village Savings and Loan groups in both Salima and Mchinji.



Christian Aid Malawi has a vision; “A self-sustained healthy and resilient society free from poverty”. Aim to support vulnerable policies and practical measures on the ground. Christian Aid pursues opportunities for growth and leveraging the resources through management of mutual partnerships and linkage to networks and alliances. We work with partners and communities to find practical and sustainable ways of rooting out poverty.



Churches Action in Relief and Development is an arm of churches in Malawi formed to work on issues of disaster response, rehabilitation, advocacy and development. On relief, CARD has helped a number of people and communities to survive especially after man-made and natural disasters. On rehabilitation, the organization has helped many societies and individuals to come back to their original status before the disasters stroke them. On disaster response, CARD works in the entire Malawi in collaboration with other partners within the Actalliance network.

On development, CARD has been instrumental on issues of food security, water and sanitation, natural resource and environmental management.

Of late Climate change and environmental advocacy work have occupied the bulk of our work. Working in a number of issuses such as Disaster Risk Management has helped CARD to equip communities and individuals to enhance their resilience.

In all our programme we mainstream gender and HIV/AIDS activities.



CARE Malawi is involved in various development activities that promote food security and economic empowerment of vulnerable and marginalized communities in Malawi with main focus to the Central Region. In undertaking these food security initiatives, CARE Malawi promotes soil and water conservation, natural resources conservation, environmental and bio – diversity protection. CARE Malawi also has relief and disaster mitigation projects (involving mitigation of natural disaster). In light change poses on availability of natural resources such as water resources, flooding and droughts.



Implementing Trees of Hope Project that involves Plan Vivo System-guided tree planting and management for livelihood improvement and carbon sequestration to generate carbon credits offsetting purposes.



Centre for Environmental Policy and Advocacy (CEPA) is a not for profit public interest non-governmental organization registered as a company limited by guarantee in 2002. CEPA seeks to contribute to the development of environment and natural resources management best practices in Malawi and the Southern Africa Region.

As a think tank organization, CEPA provides advice and conducts research in environment and natural resources management policies and legislation with a view to designing appropriate interventions for promoting sustainable environment and natural resources management.

Our work concentrates on sound environmental governance; in this respect, issues of accountability, institutional strengthening and representation are at the core of our activities.



CFJ employs a rights and policy based approach in advocating for environmental, economic and social justice in response to a number of emergent and recurring challenges threatening communities in Malawi. In particular CFJ have the following program areas: Climate Change, Extractive Industry advocacy campaigns, Indigenous land rights and Food Security, Policy Advocacy and Lobbying, Sustainable Natural Resource Management, Business and Human Rights, Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate abuse campaign, Public interest litigation, Economic Justice, social Justice and Revenue Transparency.

In terms of climate change, at national and international level CFJ lobbies for pro-poor climate change policies as a way of promoting climate change adaptation and mitigation in Malawi. CFJ believes cutting carbon emissions at the source, principally the developed countries is the only solution to climate change. Furthermore CFJ also widely conduct climate awareness campaigns because despite all the challenges coming in as a result of climate change, the majority of the Malawian citizenry remain largely ignorant of its impacts.



CISANET is grouping of civil society organizations that was established in 2001 to facilitate the engagement of the CSOs Currently CISANET has a membership of 104 and this membership comprises of NGOs both local and International, farmer organizations and interested individuals. It has a wider range of partners outside its membership who also have an interest in policy issues in agriculture and food security. The core mandate of CISANET is to lead in policy advocacy in agriculture and also to provide a forum where debates and ideas on agricultural policy among the CSOs can be shared.



Concern Universal is involved in disaster risk reduction and Climate change, Food security and sustainable livelihoods; microfinance, water and environmental sanitation; emergency and rehabilitation; local organizations capacity building. Its mitigation projects include emission reduction through promotion of energy efficient technologies e.g. fuel saving stoves; enhancing carbon sinks through afforestation.

Its Adaptation projects include: Food security interventions (crop and livestock diversification, promotion of drought tolerant and early maturing crop varieties, water water harvesting, irrigation and soil conservation); disaster management through planning and response including capacity building of local institutions in vulnerability assessments, early warning and supporting reforestation of watersheds in flood prone areas; provision of potable water to reduce vulnerability to climate related water stresses and water borne diseases.



CURE was established in an effort to provide technical support and improve networking amongst NGO's, the government of Malawi, donors and other organizations or individuals working in the area of the environment. CURE’s mission is to assist NGOs enhance the impact, gender equity and sustainability of community based natural resource management interventions through capacity building, coordination, information exchange and advocacy.



DanChurchAid’s aim is to strengthen the world’s poorest people in their struggle for a life in dignity.

Our work is based on a Christian view of humanity with respect for every individual’s rights and equal worth. DanChurchAid is rooted in the Danish National Evangelical Lutheran Church, but is active wherever we find the need is highest, regardless of religion, gender, political beliefs, race, national or ethnic origins, handicaps or sexual orientation.



Development Fund (DF) is a Norwegian NGO with a vision to contribute to a sustainable and just world without hunger Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. DF Oslo also has presence in Asia ( Sri Lanka and Nepal), Zambia and Central America.

The main focus areas for DF are:
sustainable agricultural production, climate change adaptation, gender equality, governance, strengthening local institutions (DEC, ADC & VDC) and market access/linkage for the smallscale farmers.

In Malawi DF supports local partners projects to achieve sustainable food security and improved livelihoods for rural people.



Eagles Relief and Development Programme is implementing an Enhancing Community Resilience Project (ECRP) in Chikhwawa targeting 6000 households. The project is being implemented in three traditional authorities of Kasisi, Katunga and Ngabu.

Before the ECRP Eagles also implemented Climate Change and Environmental Degradation Risk and Adaptation Assessment Project (CEDRA) project in Traditional Authority Ng’abu, in Chikhwawa District. The CEDRA project focussed on creating awareness on the Climate Change and Environmental Degradation Risk and Adaptation Assessment processes and activities, trained communities in in fuel saving stoves, backyard garden vegetable growing and in conservation farming.



Evangelical Association of Malawi exists to enhance the capacities of evangelical member churches and Christian organizations meeting whole needs of the whole man.

The Association has country wide coverage and is involved in church and community mobilization and facilitation of Food security, Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate change, advocacy and HIV&AIDS interventions



ELDS works in 9 districts in all the three regions (Chikhwawa and Phalombe in the south, Dedza, Kasungu, Lilongwe rural, Nkhota-kota and Dowa in the centre, Karonga and Nkhata-bay in the north). ELDS works in the following thematic areas; Food security and Livelihoods, Water and Sanitation, Climate Change and Environmental Management, Human Rights, Gender and Advocacy, Micro-finance, Disaster Management, Psychosocial, Disaster Risk Reduction, HIV and AIDS and Malaria. ELDS is mainstreaming or incorporating issues of Climate Change adaptation and mitigation in all other thematic areas but also implement stand alone climate change adaptation and mitigation projects.



Farmers Union of Malawi (FUM) is an umbrella body of farmers organizations in Malawi established in 2003, the overall monitoring and evaluation of policies, strategies, programs and plans aimed at improving their livelihoods in Malawi.



GLOHOMO envisions a society that is free from all forms of environmental degradation and restored Climate. Its mission is monitoring, information dissemination, advocacy and lobbying, civic education, social mobilization, Community Involvement and capacity building. Its campaigns range from national campaigns, installation of solar panels, planting of productive trees, conservation agriculture and provision of piped water systems in response to climate change.



Leadership for Environment and Development Southern and Eastern Africa (LEAD-SEA) was established in 2006 and is part of the global LEAD network founded in 1992 which comprises of 13 member programmes worldwide with secretariat in London. LEAD SEA is an environmental organization committed to achieving leadership and good governance for a sustainable world. LEAD SEA’s activities includes LEAD Fellows training and action projects on climate change adaptation and natural resources management. LEAD SEA has been involved in producing a number of national documents including the National Climate Change Policy, State of Environment Report and National Report on Rio+20.



We do environmental education and are able to reach out to one of the most important but often forgotten part of our population in climate change issues - primary and secondary school children so that they learn how to preserve their environment while they are young . As future leaders, it is necessary for them to become environmental advocates and warriors.



We are a radio station and we design, produce and broadcast radio programs that raise awareness, lobby and advocate around environment and issues surrounding climate change.



Norwegian Church Aid is an independent diaconal organization commissioned by Christian churches in Norway, which, on the NCA works in a comprehensive and partnership-oriented way through churches and church-based, faith-based and value based organisations in order to save and protect lives, develop sustainable living conditions, and influence the attitudes and actions of the wealthy and powerful.

NCA's work is carried out with no intentions of influencing people's religious affiliation. NCA has three main working approaches:

  1. Emergency preparedness and assistance;
  2. Long-term development assistance; and
  3. Advocacy.

operational in Malawi since 2002 and works in the areas of Access to Quality Health Care, Social Mitigation of HIV and AIDS, Gender Based Violence, and Resource & Finance.



NFYD is int youth development and participation in issues that affect their lives and their future regarding climate change and its consequences. Among its activities are:

  • Engage in environmental campaigns and education among the youth
  • Expand our networks to reach out to other youth to organizations and networks to become involved at all levels;
  • Engage in environmentally friendly activities especially planting, nurturing and protection of trees in communities;
  • Exchange, connect and encourage best practices of young people on climate change;
  • Communicate environment and climate change through the media and social networks like Facebook and Twitter, and also develop environmental websites on climate change.
  • Encourage schools and universities to become eco-friendly
  • Lobbying and advocacy - climate change stakeholders and experts to involve the youth in the fight against climate change in Malawi.
  • Building community resilience to climate change through developed activities.
  • Strengthening institutional capacity in the area of climate change through developed environmental management system.



Oxfam in Malawi’s Economic Justice and Rights in Crisis programmes have mainstreamed climate change issues in their work. The programmes are empowering smallholder farmers with climate smart agriculture interventions to enable them to adapt and mitigate adverse climate change effects.

Through its implementing partners, Oxfam is encouraging smallholder farmers to practice conservation agriculture, planting of drought tolerant crops and crops that mature early. Farmers are further being encouraged to engage in value chains to increase their income.

Oxfam is also promoting the planting of trees to rehabilitate the environment. On a national level, Oxfam in Malawi has contributed to the formulation of a draft Climate Change Policy through its implementing partner Coordination Unit for Rehabilitation of the Environment (CURE). Meanwhile, Oxfam in partnership with Catholic Development Commission of Malawi (CADECOM) is also contributing to the formulation of National Disaster Risk Management Policy and reviewing of the Disaster Preparedness and Relief Act.

As a member of Civil Society Network on Climate Change (CISONECC), Oxfam in Malawi participates and contributes to a position paper the Government of Malawi presents to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) every year at the Conference of Parties (COP). The position paper highlights issues that Malawi as a nation needs to do in Government plans to undertake.



Rescope is involved in school training programs on sustainable environmental management, permaculture, organic farming, environmental education. It is also raising awareness about climate change, building resilience against climate change / adaptation techniques, strategies for mitigating climate change, designing solutions for a changing climate



Total LandCare (TLC) was founded by Trent Bunderson, Zwide Jere and Ian Hayes in 1999 as a non-profit, non government organization in Malawi. In 2006, TLC expanded its operations to Mozambique, Tanzania, and Zambia as a registered non-implementation of WSU-led projects in the region.

TLC’s mandate is to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in the region with a focus on community based approaches to increase agricultural production, food security and incomes within a context that ensures sound management of their natural resources. A key thrust is to provide information to decision-makers to improve policies that support economic development and growth in a sustainable manner.



Trócaire works in over 20 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. In 2012-13 Trócaire’s programme work benefitted over 2.7 million people.

We work across a number of programme areas:

Ending poverty and hunger
Justice and human rights
Gender equality
Climate change
Emergency relief

Overseas Trócaire delivers support through local partner organisations and churches, helping communities and families to free themselves from the oppression of poverty.

In Ireland, we raise awareness about the causes of poverty through our outreach programmes in the education sector, through parish networks, and through our public campaigns and advocacy work.



TSP is a capacity building organization registered as a Trust based in Lilongwe, Malawi. The organization envisions communities and organisations in the food security, environment, water and sanitation and natural resource management sectors with strong building services to organizations and local communities in food security water and sanitation, environment, natural resource management and land through enhancement of strong partnerships, collaboration, and networking in Malawi. Strategic focus areas

  • Improving access to water, sanitation and hygiene to the disadvantaged and poor households
  • Strengthening community based advocacy and lobbying
  • Promotion of climate adapted agriculture and natural resource management strategies
  • Provision of capacity building support services to organizations in the in the food security, environment, water and sanitation and natural resource management sectors



VSO is an international development charity that works to counter disadvantage among Malawi’s poorest communities through partnerships in which volunteers are placed to build capacity of the partner organizations. Our (Malawi) country strategy is to operate cross sectoral and multi-tiered programming in 10 focus districts in the areas of market-led food and income security; HIV and countering stigma and discrimination.

In the secure livelihoods programme we aim to promote improvements in food crop production as well as encouraging pro-poor value chain development and inclusive business models. We are interested to incorporate climate smart agriculture into all our work with organizations supporting smallholder farmers, contribute to improved coordination and planning of programmes promoting community level climate resilience and integrating climate change awareness in other sectors.



We are an umbrella body for all NGOs, institutions and Individual with an interest on Water and Sanitation with a membership of over 50 national and international organizations across Malawi. We exist to coordinate the work of these organizations, build their capacity as well as act as a collective mouth piece on WASH related issues.

WES Network focus is on Water and Sanitation. As highlighted in the NAPA Water is one of the natural resources that are vulnerable to impacts of climate change.



WESM is involved in Afforestation and Re afforestation, establishment of tree nurseries, advocacy for sound natural resources management through media and production of Environmental Education resources management.



Brief description of area of work:

The Malawi Red Cross is a humanitarian organisation that implements relief and development programs in the country. 

The following are its programs: 

•Disaster Preparedness, Response & Recovery

•Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction 

•Population Movement (Refugee)

•Restoring Family Links 

•Zambezi River  Basin Initiative 

•Integrated HIV and AIDS (Prevention, Care and support for OVC and PLHIV) 


•TB control

•Maternal , Neonatal and Child health 

•First Aid (Community and Commercial)

•Water and Sanitation 

•Blood donor recruitment (Mobilization) 



Pact is an international NGO headquartered in Washington USA but with branches in over 25 countries, and has been operating in health and HIV/AIDS and poverty sectors in Malawi since 2007. Pact recently initiated a USAID funded project FISH.

Amongst other things, through FISH, Pact and partners look to sustainable fisheries, biodiversity conservation and climate change adaptation amongst fishing communities of Lake Malawi, Malombe, Chilwa and Chiuta.



Plan recognizes that children are often more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, but also firmly believes that children should not been seen as passive victims. Instead, children can be active agents of change within their families and communities. Plan also believes that all children have a right to participate in decisions about climate change.

Evidence is growing about the likely impacts of climate change on girls and boys, and particularly on their rights to survival, protection and development. Climate related disasters often have disproportionate impacts on children and serious implications for their rights. Increases in child hunger and malnutrition are expected as a result of decreased food production and loss of livelihoods following disasters. Meanwhile progress on reducing child mortality is threatened by changes in disease patterns, which are increasing exposure to both vector-borne and water-borne diseases. Children’s education is also jeopardized in the event of disasters. Plan recognizes that children’s vulnerability to the impacts of climate change is not equal, and varies both between and within cultures and societies and by age and sex. Girls, for example, often face particular vulnerabilities during climate related disasters and barriers to adaptation due to their domestic roles and responsibilities and lower access to education.







SURCOD - Sustainable Rural Community Development