The Basic Cooperation of Agreement (BCA) concluded between the Government of Malawi and UNICEF on 28 June 1994 provides the basis for the relationship between the Government and UNICEF. The overall goal of the 2008-2011 Country Programme of Cooperation between the Government and UNICEF is to support national efforts to progressively realise children's and women's rights through improved child survival, development, protection and participation in the framework of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, the Millennium Development Goals and the Millennium Declaration.
UNICEF works with the Government through line Ministries and institutions at national and district level for coordination of te implementation of the country programme and ensuring the equitable and necessary allocation of resources for child survival, development, protection and participation.
The country programme is implemented under the coordination of the Ministry of Finance. The main Government partners are the Ministries of Health and Population; Education, Science and Technology; Irrigation and Water Development; Women and Child Development; Agriculture; Economic Planning and Development; Labour; Justice; Home Affairs; Local Government and Rural Development; Trade and Industry; Information and Civic Education; and the Office of the President.
Other national partners include the National AIDS Commission, the Malawi Human Rights Commission, the National Statistics Office, the University of Malawi, and the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation and Television Malawi. UNICEF sees the ongoing decentralisation process as an opportunity for strengthening inter-sectoral linkages at district level and is systematically involved in the development and review of national, district and sectoral implementation plans to leverage resources for children.