Location: Behind Zomba Steers, Sellies Building, Zomba, Malawi

PALM Consulting Limited

A private firm based in Zomba that provides high quality research and consultancy services. We are steadily growing up the ladder as we provide our services to a wide range of clients across the globe our services. We work with several NGOs, donors and government ministries, departments and agencies in Malawi and the region. We take pride in the work we have done working with our clients on a number of assignments.

PALM Consulting Limited

Our management has practical experience in the design and implementation of research and our firm is supported by highly qualified and experienced professionals.

PALM Consulting Limited

We boast of having a large pool of experienced research assistants who can collect high quality qualitative data and administer questionnaires using tablets.

Welcome To PALM Consulting Limited

We are a private research and consulting firm based in Zomba, southern Malawi, registered under the Companies Act in September 2021. It has been established by two researchers with very long experience in conducting research and consultancies. Both of them previously worked for the University of Malawi. Our core business is to provide research and consultancy services to NGOs, donors and various government agencies in Malawi and the region. Our team including adjunct staff has expertise in conducting research and consultancies in the fields of public health, economics, development studies, sociology, and anthropology

Our Mission

To provide high quality research and consultancy support services to NGOs, donors and government ministries, departments and agencies at an affordable cost.

Our Vision

To become a leading research and consultancy firm in the social sciences and related fields in Malawi and the region.

Our Values

Client Centred

Our priority is to meet the requirements of our clients, ensuring that we deliver research and consultancy services of highest quality.

Serving With Integrity

We always offer research and consultancy services with the highest standards of unparrelled integrity.

Transparency and Accountability

Our aim is to earn trust in all our research and consultancy activities, keeping our clients informed at every step and ensuring that we maintain transparency and accountability in our delivery of services. 


Our commitment to our clients of the highest level is assured evidenced by high quality of our products completed with agreed timeframes.

Participatory Approach

We work with our clients right from the beginning. We discuss with them to grasp what they want and provide the best advice in terms of the design and implementation of research and consultancies. 

High Quality of Services

Our services are delivered by qualified and experienced professionals with decades of experience in Malawi and the region.

Meet Our Brilliant Minds

Our Leadership Team

Dr. Peter Mvula

Managing Director

He is a socio-economist, with a PhD in Rural Development that concentrated on rural livelihoods from the University of East Anglia (UK) obtained in 2002; a Master of Professional Studies (International Development) obtained from Cornell University in the United States of America in 1991 and A Bachelor of Social Science Degree from the University of Malawi (1986). He is an experienced researcher using both quantitative and qualitative research methods. Over the past 36 years whilst working for the Centre for Social Research of the University of Malawi and Wadonda Consult Ltd and now, PALM Consulting Limited, he has done research and published in the fields of rural livelihoods, nutritional status of rural communities, food security, safety nets and social protection, health related issues, disability, poverty and on disaster and relief operations using both quantitative and qualitative methods. He has done work for the World Bank, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), International Fund for Agriculture (IFAD), World Food Programme (WFP), Department for International Development (DFID), United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), Various International Research Institutions, the Malawi Social Action Fund, Various Government Ministries and Departments in Malawi, and Overseas Universities among many. He has designed and done a number of baseline studies and end of project evaluations. He is also a gender analyst and trainer. He is currently a senior partner and consultant at PALM Consulting Limited.

Prof. Alister Munthali

Director of Programmes

He has a PhD in Anthropology from Rhodes University and an MA in Medical Anthropology from University of Amsterdam. He did his undergraduate studies at the University of Malawi. He has previously worked with Dwangwa Sugar Corporation and the Ministry of Labour. In 1996 he joined the Centre for Social Research of the University of Malawi where he rose from Research Fellow to Professor of Research and served as Deputy Director (2005-2007) and Director (2012-2016) of the Centre. His work at the PALM Consulting limited involves the development of proposals, seeking funding and carrying out research once the proposals are funded. His research interests include the social, economic and cultural aspects of HIV/AIDS, childhood immunizations, (adolescent) sexual and reproductive health and rights including gender-based violence, health seeking behaviour, child labour, and disability and development. Since 2005 he has led the development of proposals for countries for submission to multilateral funding agencies. Between 2007 and 2018 he worked with Ministries of Health in East and Southern Africa to develop successful health systems strengthening (HSS) proposals for submission to GAVI for the following countries: Malawi (2007, 2012 and 2016), Uganda (2007), Lesotho (2012), Zambia (2015), Zimbabwe (2017) and Tanzania (2018). These GAVI HSS proposals are aimed at contributing to the improvement and sustenance of immunization coverage. Over the years, Prof. Munthali has published widely on a wide range of issues including disability. He has written many research reports for various organisations. Prof. Munthali has more than 25 years experience in conducting research and has worked with various government agencies, departments and ministries; national and international NGOs; UN agencies and academic institutions from the region, Europe and the United States.