Partnerships with civil society at national and district level, particularly international and national NGOs, human rights groups, faith-based organisations, youth associations, media organisations and the private sector, are central to the successful implementation of the country programme, as these organisations are instrumental in reaching the most vulnerable children and ensuring child and community participation.
In the area of Health and Nutrition, UNICEF works in partnership with nongovernmental and civil society organisations, as well as research institutions, to ensure decentralised programme implementation. Partners include Action Against Hunger, Africare, World Relief, Concern Worldwide, World Medical Fund, OXFAM, Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) Belgium and Luxembourg, Save the Children - US, COOPI, CESTAS, Canadian Physician Association (CPAR), Baylor College of Medicine, Lighthouse, Medical Sciences and Health (MSH), College of Medicine, Howard University, University of North Carolina, Mother to Mother, and Population Services International.
In the area of Water Sanitation and Hygiene, UNICEF works with non-governmental and civil society organisations to ensure decentralised programme implementation. Partners include World Vision, CPAR, Water Aid, Concern Universal, Plan International, Fresh Water, Inter Aide, AFRICARE and others, including local CBOs.
In Basic Education and Youth Development, UNICEF works in partnership with non-governmental and civil society organisations, particularly in the area of HIV prevention. Partners include Adolescent Girls Literary Training , YouthNet and Counselling, Active Youth Initiative for Social Empowerment, Malawi Interfaith Aids Association, National Association for People with HIV and AIDS in Malawi, Youth Watch, Association of Christian Educators in Malawi, Teachers Union of Malawi, Private Schools Association of Malawi, Civil Society Coalition for Quality Basic Education, Link for Education Governance, and Forum for African Women Educationalists in Malawi
UNICEF’s Orphans, Vulnerable Children and Child Protection programme works with a wide array of civil society organizations, among them the Active Youth for Social Enhancement, the Centre of Adolescent Youth Organisation, the Centre for Alternatives for Victimised Women and Children, Centre for Youth and Children's Affairs, Chisomo Children' Club, Console Homes, Eye of the Child, Kanengo AIDS Support Organisation, Malawi Human Rights Youth Network, Malawi Red Cross, the National Juvenile Justice Forum, Oxfam, Parent of Disabled Children Association of Malawi, Penal Reform International, Plan International, Salima AIDS Support Organisation, Save the Children Federation, YouthNet and Counselling, Youth Watch Society.
In Social Policy, Advocacy and Communication, UNICEF benefits from a wide range of partnerships with non-governmental and civil society organisations. These include Plan Malawi, Institute for Policy Research & Social Empowerment, Story Workshop, TV Malawi, Star FM Radio, ZODIAC Broadcasting Station, Malawi Broadcasting Corporation, Radio Islam, National Library Services, Child Development Curriculum, and Calvary Family Church.