We launched our Ten Year Strategy in 2013, our tenth birthday. We wanted this Strategy to come from our key stakeholders and the in-country team: as a Malawian organisation serving communities in this country, it’s crucial that our ideas and long-term vision come from Malawi. To achieve this, we held the strategic development process in Malawi and ensured that it included discussions with the staff team, community members, local chiefs, government representatives, and our own board of trustees.
Our Strategy focuses on five key areas:
1. Development formula
We will replicate our development model in rural regions of northern Malawi, developing community capacity for our eventual successful exit.
2. Leadership and skills
We will focus on increased governance with clear leadership and management policies.
3. Sustainable funding
We will strengthen our financial foundations, including increasing funds available and diversifying our income streams.
4. Learning and sharing
We will develop more working partnerships to encourage learning and sharing, developing a clear reputation as experts in rural development.
5. Operational effectiveness
We will enhance organisational processes in order to build the capacity of staff and volunteers, so improving our operational effectiveness and efficiency.
Our exit strategy
Central to our strategic plan is our exit strategy, and we’ve discussed how we will successfully exit with the local community, staff members, and all other key stakeholders in Nkhata Bay North. We will leave a legacy of community-owned business structures, enabling economic development to continue to impact the communities long beyond the lifespan of our work in the area. After ten years, we plan to move on to new areas and operations, leaving behind a self-sufficient community which no longer requires our help.