Malawi Network of Older Persons' Organisations

"Promoting the rights of older persons"


The Malawi Network of Older Persons’ Organisations (MANEPO) is the country’s age network, an umbrella body for over sixty (60) civil society organisations implementing various programmes meant to promote and protect the rights of older men and women in Malawi. MANEPO helps older men and women claim their rights, challenge discrimination and overcome poverty, so that they can lead dignified, secure, active and healthy lives.

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Our Values

Mission Statement: To promote coordination, knowledge sharing and inclusion of older men and women in programmes and policies in order to reduce poverty, abuse and discrimination.

VISION:A society in which the rights of older men and women are protected and promoted in order for them to lead dignified, quality, active and secure lives.

  • "I have the income I need"
  • "I enjoy the best possible health and quality of life"
  • "I am safe and secure, free from discrimination and abuse"
  • "My voice is heard"
  • Ageing in Malawi

    Population ageing is one of the most important global demographic mega trends that can no longer be ignored. It is happening in all regions of the world and progressing fastest in developing countries, including the ones that have a large population of young people.Read More here

    MANEPO works across five key priority areas, namely: income security, abuse and discrimination, health and care, voice, and emergencies

    Our Focus Areas

    Violence and abuse

    The abuse of older persons remains a taboo in Malawi. It often happens inconspicuously and in many cases goes unnoticed. However, evidence shows that it occurs frequently and in all types of settings in our communities. No community can claim to be immune from any of such forms of abuse/discrimination. ... Read More

    Health & Care

    According to a study by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the overwhelming burden of diseases in older men and women in developing countries is now from Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, hypertension, and cancer and long-term issues related to reproductive health in women. The health and care needs of people change as they age and should be addressed across the life course...Read More

    Income & Security

    As mentioned above, Malawi ranks one of the poorest countries in the world and inequality is also very high. Therefore it is not surprising that poverty among older men and women is high. This is largely due to: lack of appropriate, secure, predictable and regular income; increase in perennial disasters like floods in some districts, breakdown of the family support systems and/or absence of a universal pension scheme....Read More


    Older men and women are experiencing ageism – stereotyping, unfair treatment and discrimination based on a person’s age. This can impact a person’s confidence, job prospects, financial situation and quality of life. Older people are regarded as not being useful...Read More

    Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency

    Worldwide, older people make up 6% of the population but are often excluded from disaster risk reduction and emergency response – this means that the valuable contribution older people can make in these processes is often lost. It also means the specific needs they have are often left out, making them more vulnerable than the people of the other age groups...Read More

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    Poly, Dec 10, 2019

    Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication (BBC) final year students visited older person in Kantukule Village, T/A Nsomba, Mpemba in Blantyre. The initiative was conducted on 31st October 2019. On the occasion, the students interacted with older men and women, offered psychosocial support and conducted door to door visits. They cleaned, washed dishes, fetched water and donated basic household needs to the most vulnerable older person’s headed households. As a lead on ageing issues, Malawi Network of Older Persons Organizations (MANEPO) supported the students on the day. .


    goat pass-on, Sep 2, 2019

    Goat pass-on is a project under the income security thematic area. It is a livelihood enhancement through livestock dispersal programme being implemented in Lilongwe and Balaka districts. It is a strategy in order to improve goat production, and increase household income, from goat sales by providing targeted older persons’ vulnerable households with hybrid goats. The projects outcomes include; to improve living conditions of vulnerable older persons’ headed households and to reduce malnutrition among older men and women in the targeted areas.

    Pass-on is a concept where smallholder livestock farmers receive livestock and sign an agreement to pay the loan in kind by passing on the same number or more of livestock to fellow beneficiaries within the community. The idea behind the goat pass-on strategy is that in each circle, several members would be given initial inputs and as they start generating returns, they would pass these offspring on to other circle members so that after a set period, the whole targeted older men and women would have benefited from this scheme.


    WEAAD, Jun 28, 2019

    Commemorated on 28th June 2019, the theme this year was “Access to Justice: Legal, Social and Economic Services for Older Victims of Sexual, Physical and Financial Crimes”. On the occasion of the day, older persons had a solidarity walk to raise awareness on the violence, particularly sexual violence perpetrated against older women and men, physical attacks stemming from accusations of witchcraft and other deep-rooted cultural bias, discrimination and greed which often remain shrouded in the global discourse on Elder Abuse. Other activities included; traditional dances, drama, poems and speeches from older persons who have been victims of different forms of abuse and a press conference. .




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    Document Name Date Updated Get File
    Feasibility Study Report 10-Oct-2018
    Gender Analysis Report 10-Oct-2018
    AFFORD Report 10-Oct-2018

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    # Document title Date Uploaded Download
    1 Membership Form 25-Mar-2020
    2 Our Constitution 04-Oct-2018
    3 Malawi Feasibility Study 04-Oct-2018
    4 Elderly Policy 04-Oct-2018
    5 HR Policy 04-Oct-2018
    6 MANEPO Fraud_Policy 04-Oct-2018
    7 MANEPO IT Services policy 04-Oct-2018
    8 Motor Vehicle Policy Agreement 04-Oct-2018
    9 Payment_claim 04-Oct-2018
    10 Protection Policy for Vulnerable Adults and Children 04-Oct-2018
    11 Whistle-Blowing Policy December 2018 04-Oct-2018


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    Elder abuse is a global social issue which affects millions of older persons around the world, and an issue which deserves the attention of the international community.With a growing global population of elderly people, and as longevity increases, abuse of the elderly is an increasing and serious problem that affects health and human rights and can cause death, so it is vital to raise awareness of it and thus prevent it whenever and wherever possible.The United Nations General Assembly, in its resolution 66/127, designated June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. It represents the one day in the year when the whole world voices its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted to some of our older generations.

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    01-October Every Year


    1st October is international day of older persons. The observation of this day was declared by the United Nations General Assembly on December 14th 1990. This day celebrates the importance of this Declaration. It reaffirms the commitment to promoting the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by older persons. It is also a day to appreciate the contributions that older people make to society.

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