Legal & Registration Status


CRIDOC, which is governed by the Board of Trustees, was duly registered as a legally operating Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) in Malawi on 31 July 2006 under the Trustees Incorporation Act of 1962. 

The NGO, which is mostly run by young volunteers, is also registered under National Youth Council of Malawi (NYCOM) Act. 

Currently operating from the Msandula House (Behind Immigration Department) in Lilongwe, the centre is also registered with the Council for Non-Governmental Organisations in Malawi (CONGOMA). 

At international level, CRIDOC boasts of a consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)


Having been registered under the Trustees Incorporation Act of 1962 as our official registration domain, CRIDOC is now affiliated to a number of key human rights networks and forums, both at national and international levels, where it has significantly contributed its expertise. This, we believe, makes us qualify for various grants for nonprofits that can enable us to continue working towards promoting the rights of children and young people in Malawi and beyond.

One of such networks at local level is the Human Rights Consultative Committee (HRCC), a grouping of more than 70 key human rights organisations with legal registration in Malawi. 

Other networks and forums include the Civil Society Education Coalition (CSEC); the Malawi Network against Child Trafficking (M-NACT); and the Malawi Health Equity Network (MHEN). 

At international level, the centre is affiliated to the following Organisations, Coalitions and Networks:

1. The Global March Against Child Labour

2. Child-to-Child Foundation 

3. Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)

4. International Child and Youth Research Network