The Centre for Social Concern
The Centre For Social Concern (CfSC)
is a project of the Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers).
In line with their vision and mission, the CfSC seeks
to promote Justice and Peace and the Integrity of Creation
(JPIC) and Interfaith Dialogue in Malawi and beyond.
The Centre was started in 2002 and in its short history
has been working on issues like:
A monthly review of the cost of living through the
Basic Needs Basket survey
The international debt burden, its causes and debt
The linkage between the international trade system
and poverty and the rising cost of living in Malawi
The plight of the tobacco tenants and the promotion
of the passing of a bill regulating tobacco tenancy
A survey on how people who have very low salaries
cope with the ever-rising cost of living
Marginalization of religious communities and (the
lack of) participation in development
Dialogue between Islam and the Catholic Church on
their social teaching
Conflict management and mediation, mainly in conflicts
CfSC Rural Basic Needs Basket Advocacy Group Training Manual 2014
ADVOCACY GROUP TRAINING MANUAL:
Training and empowering Malawians, especially those living in rural areas, enabling them to Interact with duty bearers for the realisation of human rights..
Advocacy Group Training Manual
By Kondwani N.G. Hara
(Project Officer-Rural BNB)
Centre for Social Concern
http://www.cfscmalawi.org/CfSC Rural Basic Needs Basket Advocacy Group Training Manual 2014.pdf
The purpose of this book is to teach and explore rights of people with the main aim of bringing a change in their day to day lives.
The full book can be downloaded from this web site by clicking this link CfSC Advocacy Group Training Manual
Budget CfSC Press Release
Ken E. Kandodo MP, Minister of Finance, presented the
Malawi Budget for 2011-12 to Parliament on 3rd June
2011. It has been tauted as a Zero Deficit Budget but
this definition has been questioned by many experts
and NGOs in Malawi. The press statement giving CfSC's
reaction to the budget can be downloaded as a Word document
by clicking on the following link: CfSC
The Rural BNB Project has so far published three booklets only in 2014 and you can download them using the following links The Rural Basic Needs Basket, The Advocacy Group Training Manual and The Climate Change booklet.
Some of the publications coming from
these projects can be found on the publications page
of this site. The latest contributions are the BNB
data and press release, the Press
Review and the homilies for
Advent and Lent.
The Annual Reoprts give a good idea
of the activities undertaken by CfSC and they can be
downloaded as a PDF file in a booklet format ready for
In 2010 the Malawi College of Accountancy
carried out a Study
of Malawi Taxation System on behalf of CfSC as part
of its Taxation Justice activities.
This report can be downloaded in PDF format from this
web site by clicking the link above.
Mangochi Interfaith Project
Code of Conduct
On the 5th March 2009 the Mangochi
Interfaith Project launched a Code of Conduct
for the forthcoming elections. The Code
of Conduct booklet in pdf format and the text
of the Code of Conduct can also be downloaded from
this site in Word. There is also an article
about the launch avaiable.
The Code of Conduct was also part of
given by Tobias Jere to the "AFCAST Working Group
Meeting", in Dar - Es Salaam,Tanzania, between
4-7 May 2009. This document gives some good background
information to the elections that are to be held on
the 19 May, and also on the work that we do here at
For many years the Missionaries of
Africa have been working to improve the lives and working
conditions of Tenant Labourers in Malawi. CfSC has continued
this work with the Tobacco Tenants and Allied Workers
Union of Malawi (TOTAWUM) and they are trying to get
the Government to enact the draft Tenancy Labour Bill
To build awareness concerning the Bill
and the plight of Tobacco Tenants in particular CfSC
hosted several events on May 2014. You can download the Press Release in PDF format by clicking on the link.
For further information about CfSC
please see the contact page.