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In recent years, Malawi has made notable progress in ECD programming which has resulted in improving access to pre-primary learning, including for vulnerable rural populations.  However, the lack of a nationwide, coordinated data system makes it hard to make evidence-informed decisions in the planning and programming of interventions. Building on the work done by the government and partners, the Malawi Together for Early Childhood Evidence task force team is interested in contributing to the development of a  robust and user-friendly management information system that provides accurate and up-to-date data points for ECD programming across the country.

A research team led by the University of Malawi is conducting a background study to strengthen Malawi’s Early Childhood Development Management Information System (ECDMIS). The ECDMIS is currently under development and being used in a select number of districts in Malawi. The research team will conduct desk review and stakeholder consultations to pinpoint data needs of ECD stakeholders, identify gaps in existing data, and make recommendations to strengthen the system. For more information, please read Strengthening the Early Childhood Development Management System in Malawi.

To learn more, please read about Together for Early Childhood Evidence in Malawi (PDF)

Additional Information

The Malawi T4ECE task force team was established in 2022, and is led by the National ECE Taskforce, which is co-chaired by the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Gender.

Key Indicators from Malawi

Poverty headcount ratio at $2.15 a day (2017 PPP) (% of population 70%
GDP per capita (current US$) $635
School enrollment, preprimary (% gross) 84%
Prevalence of stunting, height for age (% of children under 5)      35%
Mortality rate, under-5 (per 1,000 live births)     42

Data from the World Bank

Country Team Members

Name Organization
Trevor Hamela Ministry of Education
Pauline Simwaka Ministry of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare
Mphatso Magombo Ministry of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare
Joyce Saukila Ministry of Education
Ellena Simango Ministry of Education
Lucy Magagula Ministry of Education
Kondwani Nyirongo USAID Malawi
Heather Rice USAID Malawi
Khama Chibwana NextGen, Malawi
Loveness Musiyapo University of Malawi, Department of Human Ecology
Kathleen Smith McIlwain NextGen, Malawi
Mayeso Chinseu Lazaro University of Malawi, Department of Human Ecology
Happy Kileka Nkhonya  University of Malawi, Department of Human Ecology



The Together for Early Childhood Evidence (T4ECE) program is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the terms of contract No. 7200AA19C00080, subcontract CATALYZE-Edu-CR-2023-0352. The contents of this website are developed by the ECD Measure group hosted at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.