Malawi is a landlocked country located in southeastern Africa. It is bordered in the North and East by Tanzania, on the east, south and southwest by Mozambique and to the west by Zambia.
Reflect circles began operation in Malawi in 1998, in partnership between government and NGOs. Over 70% of participants in Reflect circles in Malawi are women. Evaluations have shown that since the introduction of Reflect more women now practice family planning and are able to discuss family planning issues more openly, participants recognized the need for growing trees and some have established woodlots on their land. The review team observed that there were reduced incidences of diseases like diarrhea as a result of construction of latrines.
There is increased food production and improved food security as a result of income generating activities and better farming practices. In addition to this, women were more aware of their gender roles and were able to talk more, make decisions and influence discussions.
MAREFO is a group of civil society organizations (CSOs), promoting literacy as key to improving livelihood through REFLECT methodology. The mandate of network is to develop, promote, enhance, and share experiences plus expertise
in REFLECT methodology and influence policy.
MAREFO is a CSO member owned network for REFLECT Promoters which exists to promote, enable and build capacity of Malawian REFLECT promoters to advocate and campaign for marginalized people to access literacy skills for sustainable development to share information and learning, mobilize public opinion and resources, address issues of concern, influence policy, and build sustainable partnerships in Malawi and beyond.
30 REFLECT circles have been consolidated and are fully operational.