Madagascar is one of the world’s poorest countries with almost 90 per cent of the population living in extreme poverty. Since 2009, Madagascar has been affected by a political crisis which has put the country into a spiral of instability and economic decline.
Nine in every ten workers is in vulnerable employment and 93 per cent of the workforce earns less than $2 each day.
The island also faces environmental challenges, being exposed to tropical cyclones which bring torrential rains and destructive floods.
Young people in Madagascar
Since the start of Madagascar’s political crisis, thousands of people have lost their jobs, aid to the country has declined, and many education and health services have closed. Young people have been left with limited skills, resources and little hope of building a secure future.
Our work in Madagascar
Since 2006, we have worked through the YMCA of Madagascar to support young people into work and out of poverty, as well as responding to emergencies.
We work with Madagascar YMCA to train young people in vocational and business skills that will help them find employment in existing businesses or as entrepreneurs. The YMCA of Madagascar has developed strong connections with the country’s business community and related organisations, and ensures young people have opportunities to draw on this expertise and make valuable contacts.
We are also working to establish youth-friendly health information and services, and support young people to contribute to decisions that affect their lives.