The Firm



Wadonda Consult Limited (WACO) is a independent private consulting firm based in Zomba incorporated in 2012 as a private limited company under the Companies (1984) Act. Prior to incorporation, WACO operated as a sole proprietorship and was registered under the Business Names Registration Act. We have expertise in economics, sociology, agricultural economics, education, gender analysis, survey methodologies and monitoring and evaluation. We have long and reputable experience in consultancy services including carrying out needs assessment studies, baseline surveys, impact assessment studies, mid-term and terminal evaluations of development projects in Malawi. Our mission is to offer excellent consultancy services and to conduct high quality research in supporting the economic and social development in Malawi and Africa.

WACO and the consulting team have provided consultancy services to government departments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and the private sector. We have also collaborates with other research institutions, Universities and international agencies. Some of the organization we have worked include Government of Malawi (Ministry of Economic Planning and Development, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Lands, Physical Planning and Surveys, Ministry of Transport and Public Works), Malawi Social Action Fund (MASAF), Local Development Fund (LDF), National AIDS Commission (NAC), National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawi, Reserve Bank of Malawi, The World Bank, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), Department for International Development (DFID), Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), World Food Programme (WFP), United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef),Global Development Network (GDN).

WACO and its consultants have also collaborated with the following agencies and research institutions: School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Imperial College London, National Statistical Office - Malawi, Oversees Development Institute (ODI), Michigan State University, Institute of Development Studies (Sussex), Ebony International – South Africa, University of Manchester, George Washington University, University of California San Dieago, North-South Institute (Canada).

WACO has excellent track record in delivery of consultancy services and in making policy recommendations that make a difference in programme execution and programme outcomes. In the words of Ergon Associates Limited of United Kingdom who managed the Oxfam Novib study on ‘Understanding Wages in the Tea Industry in India, Indonesia and Malawi’

“We made clear that we felt the Malawi research was of a particularly high quality. Thanks once again for that” Pins Brown, Senior Consultant, Ergon Associates Limited (Email communication, 18 July 2012).

WACO has provided value for money services to these organisations that has enabled it to be contracted for monitoring surveys based on the excellent performance in baseline surveys. WACO is reputed for deployment of high quality and experienced experts, its efficiency in execution of projects, deployment of experienced and well trained research assistants and enumerators, best practices in data collection and database management and delivery of high quality data. The academic orientation of the Managing Consultants and experts, and their appreciation of the importance of collecting high quality data for research and policy making, ensures that rigour and appropriate systems are put in place in achieving the highest standards in research and data collection. WACO has high quality and experienced research assistants that supervise our field teams as reflected by the compliment from one of our clients about the output from our Field Supervisor:

“Wow, I was fascinated by the level of details he [WACO Supervisor] has provided to help us understand the sample and also help with end line survey. It was an excellent report, and will well complement all the excellent and detailed notes that our IRIS Researcher is keeping on each of the sampled area and the questions in the questionnaire. Please pass on our sincere appreciation for his tireless work and detailed notes. Of course, our sincere thanks to you both for identifying and training him well” Geetha Nagarajan, Research Director, Financial Services Impact Assessments, The IRIS Center, University of Maryland (Email Communication, 20 May 2008).