Mr MacBain Mkandawire is a Custodian of the AfricaWide Movement for Children (AMC) reelected to represent Southern Africa.
He is the Executive Director of Youth Net and Counselling (YONECO), a local NGO in Malawi that works on a number of issues including HIV and AIDS, drug and substance abuse, mental health, women and girls’ empowerment, youth development, care and support for HIV and AIDS affected persons among others.
He serves as Vice Chair in the Executive Committee of the Civil Society Coalition on Quality Basic Education (CSQBE), a network of civil society organisations working in the education sector in Malawi. Mr Mkandawire is also the National Representative and Contact Point for the Southern Africa Child Rights Reference Group, a group initiated by Save the Children. In addition to this, he is the National Coordinator of the National Child Helpline Services of Malawi, a programme of the Government of Malawi. He is also the Regional Coordinator for Africa of the Pan Commonwealth Civil Society Network on HIV and AIDS. From 2008 to 2010 he was the Regional Representative for Africa and Board Member of Child Helpline International.
Mr Mkandawire holds a Master of Science degree in Leadership and Change Management from the University of Leeds Metropolitan in the United Kingdom and a Bachelor’s degree in Education (Science). His research interests are in mental health, HIV/AIDS and youth development. He has also done research in the areas of girls’ education and sexual abuse of children.