Link Community Development

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Member type

Contact's name
Sam Ross, International Programme Manager

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0131 225 3076

Areas of partnership
Primary and Secondary Education

Global goals


Scottish local authority
Edinburgh City Council

Districts in Malawi

Link Community Development International was established in 1992 to improve access to quality education in rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa. Working with partner organisations in Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Rwanda and Uganda, we support their work from our international office in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Link supports the global commitment to improve basic education for all in sub-Saharan Africa, focusing on ensuring barriers to accessing and remaining in education are overcome and the quality of education is improved using evidence-based interventions. Our work involves collaborating with all stakeholders in the education system, from community members, teachers and parents, to district level education authorities and the national education ministers.

In Malawi, Link has worked with the Directorate of Inspection and Advisory Services (DIAS), and district education offices in Dedza and Mulanje to implement our School Performance Review (SPR) in every school in these two districts between 2006 and 2015. With technical assistance from Link, DIAS led the process to develop Malawi’s first unified set of standards against which the performance of all schools in Malawi could be measured. The 26 National Education Standards draw on Link’s innovative SPR indicators which the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and Link developed and tested in Dedza and Mulanje. After extensive consultation across the Malawian education sector, the National Education Standards were endorsed by the Minister of Education, Science and Technology in 2015.

Our other projects include supporting local language literacy at school and in the home, improving community participation in education and transforming mutual accountability between schools, government and communities to increase performance and learner outcomes.

Location in Scotland

Location in Malawi