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.

Explore what we do in Madagascar

Update: Uncertainty in Madagascar

Madagascar

Enterprise & Employability

From school dropout to business woman, read Sabine’s story

Madagascar

Sabine in her salon

Enterprise & Employability

How Anja grew her coupe and doubled her weekly income!

Madagascar

Enterprise & Employability

Plague in Madagascar – our urgent response

Madagascar

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Four things you didn’t know about Madagascar

Madagascar

In the last 20 years alone there have been 35 cyclones. Despite facing regular shocks young entrepreneurs are learning to adapt. Photo: Zibran Choudhury/YCI

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience, Enterprise & Employability

Madagascar YMCA celebrates 90th anniversary with Y Fest

Madagascar

Y Fest is a trade fair which provides young entrepreneurs with the opportunity to network, showcase and sell their produce. Photo: Rehana Merali/YCI

Enterprise & Employability

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