A man stand in his vegetable field.
The Norwegian Association of Disabled (NAD) has worked for the rights of persons with disabilities and for the capacity building of Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) in Malawi since 2001.
Today, NAD collaborates with the Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training Authority of Malawi (TEVETA) on the Skills for Resilience Project to educate young smallholder farmers in climate-smart agriculture.

Skills for Resilience Project

Skills for Resilience Project

Skills for Resilience Project

Responding to corruption in our partner organisations

After receiving a whistleblowing regarding possible financial misconduct and fraud taking place in the Federation of Disability Organisations in Malawi (FEDOMA) in March 2019 and another in Parents of Disabled Children of Malawi (PODCAM) in May of the same year, several investigations of the allegations and of all NAD projects within Malawi from 2016 to March 2019 were conducted by an independent firm from outside Malawi. NAD collaborated closely with the Atlas Alliance and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) anti-fraud team throughout the process.

The investigations confirmed the allegations and revealed over a third of NAD’s funding to FEDOMA since 2016 had been misused. The corruption covered several categories from fraud, to forged signatures and documents, misuse of power and funds being spent not according to the budget. In the case of PODCAM, this was even higher. NAD has repaid all the misused funds to Norad.

Based on the findings of the investigations NAD decided to end our collaboration with FEDOMA, PODCAM and with the Malawi Council for the Handicapped (MACOHA). In Malawi, the identified culprits from the investigations have been reported to the police and there are ongoing processes locally to follow up the cases.

The Skills for Resilience project builds on existing structures and facilitates lasting cooperation between project stakeholders.

In addition to the three main partners, NAD, TEVETA and COMSIP, the project works with the relevant ministries, the LUANAR University and several civil society organisations and non-governmental organisations who contribute to the project as external advisors and members of the Expert Advisory Committee. They represent valuable skills and networks for the project and among these are the National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawi (NASFAM), the Malawi Council of the Handicapped (MACOHA), and Find your Feet.

The Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training Authority of Malawi (TEVETA):

The Skills for Resilience project is coordinated by NAD in partnership with TEVETA. TEVETA is a parastatal structure under the Ministry of Labour working in vocational education and certifying skills, and is responsible for implementing the project and supervising all training sessions.
Website TEVETA

Community Savings and Investment Promotion (COMSIP) Cooperative Union Limited:

COMSIP is a member owned union of savings and investment cooperatives and the commercial partner to the project. They train and educate the farmers on how to increase their income through saving, loans, entrepreneurship and access to markets.
Website COMSIP

National Association of Smallholder Farmers’ in Malawi (NASFAM):

NASFAM is the largest smallholder farmer organization in Malawi. It is founded on the principles of collective action and is democratically governed by its members.
Website NASFAM

Malawi Council for the Handicapped (MACOHA):

MACOHA is a parastatal government agency responsible for implementing disability programmes and services, including Community Based Inclusive Development.
MACOHA on Facebook

Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR):

LUANAR is a public university in Malawi with two main colleges, Bunda College of Agriculture and the Natural Resources College. The Certificate in Climate-Smart Agriculture is a programme at the Natural Resources College.
Website LUANAR