TEST for MALAWI, a Malawian Charitable Trust registered in 2010 (number: TR/ INC 4820), was formed by a group of graduates from Linacre College, Oxford University and is a constituent member of the UK Charity, TEST for AFRICA’s family.

Its aim is to aid the social and economic development of Malawi by enabling bright but needy students to receive undergraduate education at Malawian public Universities against their personal pledge to work for the benefit of their communities and their nation upon graduation.

The fundamental philosophy behind the formation of TEST for MALAWI is the belief that one of the causes of poverty in developing countries is a lack of education. By enabling bright, yet financially challenged Malawians the opportunity to undertake local tertiary education through a programme of means tested scholarships in exchange for a personal bond requiring them to remain within Malawi, graduates are expected to make significant contributions to the social and economic development within their communities and their country.

Currently the majority of the funding for TEST for Malawi emanates from TEST for AFRICA, but the ultimate aim of TEST for Malawi is to become self-sustainable.


November 2015

TEST for AFRICA Trustees are proud to announce expansion of TEST activities into Tanzania. TEST for TANZANIA will provide partial and fully funded scholarships to both new and continuing students for tertiary education at Tanzania's public universities. Awards will be based on need and long term commitment for social and economic development of Tanzania. It is intended that the first awards will be made for the 2016/2017 academic year.

September 2015

The TEST for Malawi Annual Report, is available here.

August 2015

A very kind article about TEST appeared in the latest edition of Oxford Thinking, a brochure widely circulated as part of the University's Capital Campaign.

October 2013

The TEST for Malawi Annual Report, published in May 2012, is available here. The accounts are also available here.

May 2013

Test For Africa is pleased to announce the Dr Harry Lindsay Potter Scholarship Endowment in Agriculture, Food Security or Environmental Studies at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources that has been established by family, friends and colleagues as well very generous donations from Norman and Jackie Bardsley, the Mersey United Reformed Church Synod and Concern Universal. The latter has also given a 6 month graduate placement as well as two apprenticeships in bore hole drilling. Test For Africa are also grateful to Mr and Mrs Angus Matheson for their generous donation in memory of Dolly and John Matheson. Dr Potter was a Specialist Adviser in Agriculture and Rural Development with a thirty eight year career in Asia, South America as well as three countries in Africa. His last post was Malawi, a country he loved. His work on Food Security led to an OBE and is his legacy but this scholarship will ensure that his work is continued by future generations of Malawian students.

May 2013

PRESS RELEASE TEST for MALAWI is pleased to announce the award of 202 Scholarships with a total value of more than 20 million Kwatcha to bright but needy students to attend public Universities in Malawi.

October 2012

With the much appreciated help of Schools Around The World, TEST is pleased to announce the creation of up to 5 additional Scholarships at the Medical College of the University of Malawi. These stipends are to be known as the Jennie Travers Medical Scholarships and have been created in the memory of TEST’s co-founder and Chairman, Mrs Jennie Travers who recently passed away. The first awards will be made during the forthcoming academic year.

July 2012

TEST for AFRICA is sad to announce the death of its Chairman, Jennie Travers after a long struggle with illness. Jennie was a Co-Founder of TEST and has been Chairman since its inception. Her enthusiasm, generosity and integrity will be greatly missed. Deepest sympathy is extended to her children, David, Robert and Joanna and her grandchildren, Zoe, Alexander, Jana and Abigail.

May 2012

The TEST for Malawi Annual Report, published in May 2012, is available here.

December 2011

TEST for AFRICA and TEST for MALAWI are proud to announce that The Common Room of Linacre College, University of Oxford have elected to fund a four year Scholarship in Environmental Studies at Bunda College, University of Malawi. Jennie Travers, TEST for AFRICA Chairman added " that this magnificent act of generosity by the student body of the alma mater of many of our Trustees cements the relationship between Linacre and the TEST family. We will encourage a direct dialogue between the Recipient and the Linacre Common Room."

November 2011

We are proud to announce that the family of Robert Kafakoma, our Chairman of TEST for MALAWI, has generously committed funding for a Scholarship to be known as the Robert Kafakoma Scholarship in Agricultural Studies, which will be awarded to a very bright but needy student for undergraduate studies at his alma mater, Bunda College of Agriculture within the University of Malawi. This is the first Scholarship within the TEST structure in Africa to be locally funded.

November 2009

Following the appointment of Dr Nick Brown as a Trustee, TEST for AFRICA, Oxford University and Linacre College announce that in future, the Norman & Ivy Lloyd Scholarship will be preferentially granted to one of the top graduates from either TEST for AFRICA programmes in Ghana and Malawi. The intent behind this change in philosophy is to establish a competitive environment and ethic amongst the undergraduate cadre of TEST for GHANA and TEST for MALAWI Scholars to encourage maximisation of their performance and to achieve top degrees in order to qualify and obtain admission to Oxford University for postgraduate study, in the knowledge that they will have full financial support. Moreover, this change represents a significant milestone in bringing our partners' mutual interests closer together.