Link Community Development

Improving the quality of education in Africa


Where we work

Link Community Development Scotland was established in 2006 and shares the Link Community Development mission to promote access to quality education in rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Scotland and International Development

Our work helps Scotland to meet its commitment to fighting poverty in developing countries by supporting the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and the educational development objectives of the Scotland-Malawi Mutual Co-operation Agreement.

What we do

We work with our Link partners in Africa to deliver a wide range of school improvement programmes. We support our partners to plan, implement and evaluate their programmes, and we work with key funders to ensure ongoing support.

Our current work in Africa

Malawi School Solar Network (2013-2015) – DfID

Supporting School Improvement in Malawi (2012-2015)  -  Scottish Government

Education for Girls, Malawi (2012-2013) – Comic Relief

Our current work is based on our previous experience and learning about what is effective. For more information click on the Impact tab at the top of the page.

We share our learning from these programmes and contribute to national debates on international development through our membership of NIDOS and the Scotland Malawi Partnership.

To find out how to get involved with our work in Scotland see our Current Actiivites tab at the top of the page.

Girls' Education Challenge Fund

Link Community Development’s vision is a poverty-free Ethiopia, in which girls and boys have equal access to quality education and can develop their potential for better life opportunities. Our purpose is to inspire innovations in education policy based on detailed evidence-based grassroots experience. Since 2007, LCD Ethiopia has been working in the Wolaita Zone of the Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples Regional State supporting the School Improvement Program component of the General Education Quality Improvement Package.

The Complementary Basic Education (CBE) Project

Complementary Basic Education (CBE) is a Malawi Government programme which aims to provide educational opportunities for out-of-school children between the ages of 9 and 14. CBE is an accelerated learning programme with an emphasis on literacy and numeracy, healthy living, citizenship, livelihoods and agriculture, and the environment. Link Malawi runs 120 CBE Centres in Dedza district.

Schools for IDP Resettlement in Katakwi (SIRK)

Katakwi School Garden

& Supporting Resettlement through Education (SRE)

The overall objective of SIRK and SRE was to contribute to the resettlement of an estimated 49,500 Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in Katakwi District in Eastern Uganda. The focus was on 3 sub-counties (Ongongoja, Ngariam and Magoro) and 27 primary schools. SIRK/SRE’s strategy assumed that access to quality education will support resettlement if:

  • Schools provide a place of care and safety that helps heal the trauma of conflict upon children and the community
  • Schools are recognised as promoting opportunity for children and prosperity of the community
  • Schools become centres of community activities promoting social cohesion

Passport to Education

Launched in September 2012, this new and exciting campaign replaces our current Link Schools Programme and engages with schools via new platforms and projects. Our priority is to deliver a sustainable, high quality Development Education programme which offers real value to schools while enabling them to take action to improve education in Africa.


For more information on Passport to Education please click here

Link Schools Programme

The Link Schools Programme, currently funded by the EU, will close in December 2012. The programme enables schools to form a partnership with a rural school in Ghana, Ethiopia, Malawi, South Africa or Uganda. This has been an excellent tool for bringing a global dimension to teaching and learning. The principles learnt in implementing the Link Schools Programme will be applied to the new Passport to Education campaign.

Global Teachers Programme

An exciting and rewarding journey, this 15-month development education programme for school principals and teachers is centred around a 5 week placement sharing skills with peers in a school in Uganda or South Africa. The programme helps teachers to become more competent development educators and develops their leadership, management and training skills.


Family Literacy Project

The Family Literacy Project aims to address the low literacy achievement of many primary school children and the lack of confidence of parents/community members in their ability to provide support to these children. The project operates in 60 schools and communities and aims to directly impact on 28,388 lower primary learners and a minimum of 56,776 parents through Reading Club, adult literacy classes and community reading fairs.

Early Learning Enhancement Project

The Early Learning Enhancement Project (ELEP) aimed to improve the early learning outcomes for pupils in target primary schools in Western Uganda on the shores of Lake Albert. ELEP built on Link's existing work and four years of progress in Buliisa and three years in Hoima covering a total of 56 government primary schools. The Early Learning Enhancement Project further enhanced and advanced the educational performance of 4,795 early learning pupils (Buliisa: 2,528 and Hoima: 2,267).  

Tullow Oil - Link School Improvement Project (TOLSIP)

Buliisa SPAM

The project worked to improve the quality of education in Hoima and Buliisa Districts. The core of the intervention used the School Performance Review (SPR) process to inform school management and governance training and the support and training of teachers, in order to improve school functionality and performance. A lower primary literacy element was introduced into the programme in the last year.

Strengthening Systems in Education Information Management in the 22 UNITY Intensity Districts

Link Community Development Uganda in partnership with UNITY Project of the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sport (MoESTS) implemented an intervention on “Strengthening of Systems in Education Information Management” in 22 districts under the UNITY project during the period 2010-2011. This intervention involved capacity development support to the 22 District Local Governments in two areas of education information management:

  • Decentralised Education Management Information System (DEMIS)
  • School Performance Review (SPR)

DEMIS and SPR were seen as complementary interventions that would enhance local management and the use of education information to improve performance of the primary education sector at district, sub-county and lower levels.

Uganda Rwenzori Region Education Advancement Program (UREAP)

& Kamwenge District School Improvement Project (KDSIP)

The focus of the Uganda Rwenzori Region Education Advancement Programme (UREAP) was to improve access to education and the quality of education for all primary pupils in Kamwenge and Kyenjojo Districts in the Rwenzori region of Uganda. This programme built on the success of the Kamwenge District School Improvement Project (KDSIP) in 2007 and 2008 which reached 60 schools in Kamwenge district. Through an integrated package of interventions, UREAP extended Link’s school improvement model not only to all schools in Kamwenge district and but also to all schools in the neighbouring Kyenjojo district (a total of 275 schools).

Masindi District Education Development Project (MDEDP)

Link was invited to support the implementation of the Universal Primary Education and administrative decentralisation policies in Uganda. The Masindi District Education Development Project was designed to develop and demonstrate processes which enhance the capacity of District managers, education officers, school inspectors and Headteachers to plan for and deliver school improvement in partnership with the local community.

Uganda School Improvement Programme (USIP)

The Uganda School Improvement Programme (USIP) provided a framework within which Link’s interventions were implemented over the period 2006-2010 in four districts of Masindi, Buliisa, Katakwi and Soroti which were identified as the districts facing the most challenges with primary education. The USIP approach was information-driven and used Ministry of Education and Sport’s information systems to identify priority areas for improvement at the school level. USIP followed a “whole district” approach rather than focusing on just a few schools. 

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