Phalombe Youth Arms Organisation (PYAO)

Unverified non-profit organisation

PYAO is a youth-led organization that was initiated in late 2011 but officially established in January 2012. The process was initiated by youth leaders and young professionals and involved consultations with youths, students, vendors, young professionals, movements, and other actors in youth work on issues affecting them and their role in addressing the identified problems. The PYAO emerged following growing concerns among youths over the lack of an enabling and supportive environment for meaningful youth participation in sustainable development and poor access to health, social, protection, and justice services even though youths constitute most proportion of the total population of Malawi. It was formed to provide support to youths around the district. The support is mainly demand-driven and is provided in different areas of youth forms and interests. The organization is registered with the NGO Regulator Authority (NGORA), Registrar of Companies – Company Limited by Guarantee, and also the National Youth Council of Malawi as a Youth Organisation.

PYAO realizes that long-term change among the youth cannot be realized without the involvement of strategic partners and major players and that is why it works with state and non-state actors, traditional leaders as well as existing local governance structures and other participating structures as implementing partners at the grassroots level.

At PYAO, we recognize that the problems facing Phalombe youth today are complex. That’s why our organization takes a multi-objective approach to supporting youth and community development to achieve our Mission: PYAO invests in innovative ideas, convenes interested parties, shares its learning and advocates for change in support of young people being health, creative and fully engaged citizens

Our Vision:
PYAO envisions an inclusive society that values and supports full engagement of vulnerable people in civic, social, economic and environmentally healthy communities

Our Goal
Promoting community engagement, fostering leadership skills, and empowering individuals top actively contribute to social change and sustainable development


Year established


Organisation annual cash turnover (in US$ equivalent)

Less than 500,000

Participant in relevant networks

Youth Act Alliance - Malawi; Malawi Network of AIDS Service Organisations (MANASO); The White Ribbon Alliance The GFF Youth The Men Engage Alliance Malawi Youth Network Malawi Youth Anti-Corruption Network Malawi Human Rights Youth Network (MHRYN) District Education Network (DEN) District CSO Network District Youth Network Youth Governance and Accountability Network (YOGANET) Network of African Youth for Development

Further information

About this organisation

Partnership types

Advocacy of global issues; Project funding; Provision of goods

Regions / countries / territories

Africa: Malawi

Global issues

Children, youth and family welfare; Education and training; Financial accessibility all (4)

Goods categories

Agriculture, aquaculture & forestry; Arts, crafts & toys; Books & all (15)