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Charles Banda

Innovation Manager
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    +265 888 958 726

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.