MacBain Mkandawire holds a Master of Science in Leadership and Change Management from Leeds Metropolitan University in United Kingdom and Bachelor of Education (Science). He is the Executive Director of Youth Net and Counselling (YONECO). MacBain has been a lecturer in Chemistry and Chemistry Education for five years at Domasi College of Education (secondary school teacher training) and secondary school teacher for five years as well. MacBain’s work in child rights movement dates back in early nineties as a Patron of Young Voices, a child rights movement that took roots in Malawi. In 1997, MacBain Mkandawire founded Youth Net and Counselling (YONECO) which has grown to one of the largest child rights organisations in Malawi (www.yoneco.org) In 2000, MacBain successfully facilitated the establishment of the Zomba Juvenile Justice Forum which emerged to be the National Child Justice Forum currently as a national programme on child justice matters. In 2006, MacBain initiated a Child Helpline Services for youth and children which has developed into a national child helpline services. MacBain has over time been responsible for the development of the child rights movement at local and international levels. MacBain is currently the co-chair of the national technical working group on social welfare. MacBain Mkandawire has held several portfolios of local and international nature which include Regional Representative, Child Helpline Africa Region (2008 – 2010); Chair, Council for Non-Governmental Organisations in Malawi (2014 to 2017) Chair of Civil Society Education Coalition (CSEC – Malawi – 2012 – 2014) , Chair of Feed the Children Malawi Advisory Board (2013 to present); Chair – Finance Committee of ANCEFA and Moderator for African Network for the Campaign for Education for All (ANCEFA), Chair – Parenting in Africa Network; Custodian – Africawide Movement for Children (AMC) among others. Apart from this, MacBain is also a member of International Society for the prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN), CIVICUS among others. MacBain has serious research interests in matters relating to violence and abuse against children, parenting and drug and substance abuse and the impact on children and engagement of communities in prevention of child marriages. As a strategic leader, MacBain has influence in policy making for children’s rights and also the engagement of the community groups.
Wezzie Mtonga Kamphale
Wezzie Mtonga Kamphale
Wezzie Mtonga Kamphale is a management strategist who holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Management from the University of Derby, UK and a Bachelor of Arts Humanities degree from University of Malawi Chancellor College. Currently Wezzie works as Program Manager for Youth Net and Counseling YONECO and heads the program portfolio for the organization. Having worked for YONECO for the last 7 years, Wezzie has grown through the ranks in the organization to the current position that she holds. Wezzie is a seasoned program manager and has successfully managed a number of big projects for YONECO funded by USAID, DFID, SIMAVI and UNPFA among others. Further Wezzie has extensive capacity in adolescent sexual and reproductive health, gender programming, key population programming and organizational and program management. Among some of the national level contributions, Wezzie participated in the development of the YFHS 2015-2020 strategy for Malawi and is currently holding a secretarial position to the cross-border referral working group for Child Helplines in Africa. Wezzie is also a trained and recognized family planning and reproductive health champion under the HP+ program coordinated by Palladium. Together with a network of other women, Wezzie works towards the promotion of access to reproductive health services and family planning among women and young people. Wezzie represent YONECO in a number of national level technical working groups which include, the Adolescent girls and young women TWG, the Key populations TWG, the YFHS TWG among others.
One of her notable contributions to YONECO was her ability to play a leading role in facilitating the development of the 2017- 2021 YONECO strategic plan which provides the current strategic direction for the organization. At the moment, Wezzie has devoted her time in developing academic and programmatic papers for publishing ahead of her ambitions to study for a PHD in the nearest future. Wezzie has interests to further grow her leadership and influence in NGO work in Malawi and is willing to get connected to likeminded young women for networking and support.
Phone: +265 888 958 726
Charles PK Banda
Charles PK Banda
Charles joined YONECO in September 1997 as a volunteer when the organization was a few days old. In 2001 he became a full time employee of the organization. Since then he has served in different positions such as Assistant Project Officer and Project Officer under Human Rights and Democracy Programme.
In 2008 he was appointed as Media Networking and Advocacy Officer till to date. In his capacity, he is responsible for Managing and coordinating YONECO networks, managing YONECO website, Facebook Page, Twitter and YouTube, Publicizing the organization through the media, conducting advocacy on issues affecting youth, women and children, providing legal advice to helpline clients (abused women and children), planning, coordinating, supervising and monitoring human rights activities at community level, conducting community awareness campaigns, training community volunteers, conducting research on human rights and democracy issues, Follow up on human rights violations and providing guidance to child helpline counsellors on legal issues. Charles holds MSCE, a diploma in community development and currently studying law at Chancellor College, a constituent college of the University of Malawi. Apart from that, he has attended a number of capacity building short courses and they include; Regional training on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights – Zimbabwe (2006), Conflict Resolution and Peace Keeping in war ton countries – Tanzania (2007), ICT for NGO effective communication – South Africa (2009), ICT for Development – Kenya (2009), World Youth Assembly – Tripoli Libya (April 2009), Communication Material Training – Kampala, Uganda (2011), Webchats Development – Netherlands (2011), Civil society Review Mechanism for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (Vienna Austria), Regional Youth forum (Benin – 2012), Free and Fair Elections in SADC – Malawi (2009), Advocacy and lobbying training by NGOGCN – Malawi, Media Management and Advocacy (CIDA Malawi), Elections Management and Bridge Facilitation (MEC 2013).
Charles is highly interested in advocating for the welfare of marginalized Malawians. He has taken active roles in advocacy initiatives at both local and national level. He cherishes one national advocacy initiative on the national budget in August 2007 that made him to be among 13 people that went to Kamuzu State House to press on the then President not to sign a 3 month budget instead of a 12 months. The outcome was a success that was to the benefit of all Malawians regardless of Political affiliation.
Phone: +265 888 958 726
Daniel Ezwana Chikatentha
Daniel Ezwana Chikatentha
Began his journey with YONECO in August 2016 as the Research, Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning, & Documentation Manager (RMELDM). In his capacity as RMELDM which falls under the direct supervision of the Executive Director supported by the Programs Manager, Daniel is responsible for coordinating all Research, Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Documentation related activities of all programmes in YONECO. He is also responsible for overall institutional Annual Report production and dissemination of programme activities.
Daniel brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience to YONECO having been involved in Research and Monitoring & Evaluation for cumulatively over 8 years.
He is a holder of a Bachelors of Arts in Humanities degree obtained from the University of Malawi, Chancellor College in 2012. Additionally, he has over the years undertaken a number of capacity building courses in line with Social programmes research, monitoring & evaluation.
Thomas Chirambo is the current Human Resource and Administration Manager. He joined Human Resource Management field in as early as 2000 as a Clerical Officer in one of the government Ministries in Blantyre. He later joined private sector within the same field as Human Resource Officer under Youth Net and Counselling (YONECO) in Zomba. This is one of the largest local Non-Governmental Organizations with a focus on child rights in Malawi.
Thomas holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from University of Malawi, Chancellor College. His major contribution has been the sourcing of the right quality of human resource to YONECO that have driven the organization to the current success in the country. Other contributions include the establishment of YONECO Headquarters and the vibrant YONECO FM.