Plan International in Malawi

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Plan International
Founded in 1937, Plan International (also referred to as “Plan”) is one of the oldest and largest children's development organisations in the world. Working in 51 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas, Plan has only one agenda: to promote child rights and lift millions of children out of poverty with sustainable solutions.
Plan is guided by a rights-based approach, using a framework called Child-Centred Community Development (CCCD) in all of its programming. This approach places the rights, needs and participation of children at the centre of development, and is built upon fundamental principles of inclusion, non-discrimination and gender equality. Plan is independent, with no religious, political or governmental affiliations.

Plan's vision is of a world in which all children realise their full potential in societies that respect people's rights and dignity.

Plan aims to achieve lasting improvements in the quality of life of deprived children in the developing countries, through a process that unites people across cultures and adds meaning and value to their lives, by:

  • enabling deprived children, their families and their communities to meet their basic needs and to increase their ability to participate in and benefit from their societies;
  • building relationships to increase understanding and unity among peoples of different cultures and countries; and
  • promoting the rights and interests of the world's children.

Plan is a federation of different legal entities operating in many different countries in the world. The global organisation of Plan comprises 21 National Organisations (NOs) and their subsidiaries. Plan’s field operations are run by Plan International, Inc. (PII) principally through branch offices. Plan’s headquarters in the United Kingdom (UK) is run through PII’s subsidiary Plan Limited. Various bodies perform different decision-making roles in the organisation.

NOs are Plan’s main fundraising arm. They perform a vital role in development education by engaging with sponsors and governments in their respective countries. Increasingly they play an important role in advocacy, being the voice of Plan in their countries and holding duty-bearers to account. NOs are separate legal entities with their own Board and governance mechanisms. They are accountable to their donors through their national regulators and directly through their individual national complaints mechanisms. NOs are managed by their own National Director (ND) who is accountable to their individual Board for the operations of the NO.

Country Offices (COs) are set up as branches of Plan, have no separate Board and no separate governance structure from Plan. They are line managed by the Regional Director and Deputy Regional Director of their appropriate region. Each CO had a Country Director. COs are responsible for all operations within the CO and programme units (PU).

For more information about Plan's governance, visit this link.