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

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

Notes from the field: Practice makes luckier

Madagascar

Mantrella, 24, has been doing business for six years. ‘Lamaody’ sells mid-price clothes and shoes for women, men and children, sourced from the Chinese market in Tana and sent to Mantrella by a friend on France. Although she’s been lucky, Mantrella is not afraid to take the risk. “I think of myself as an entrepreneur. I’m an activist, creative, and not afraid to take on the risk of investing and borrowing because I’m confident of selling things.” Mantrella sets an important – and inspirational – example. “It’s young entrepreneurs like Mantrella who make it all worthwhile,” says YMCA Coordinator, Ony. “I see young people flourishing and growing before my eyes. We want to see more practising their skills and passion like Mantrella. It’s not just luck, though; she’s got courage too. And ‘practice makes luckier’!”

Enterprise & Employability

Madagascar YMCA start recovery after flood crisis

Madagascar

Y Care International are supporting Madagascar YMCA to monitor the situation so that support can be provided for those that have been affected. Photo: AAYMCA

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

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

How Madagascar YMCA is preparing for future cyclones

Madagascar

A young YMCA trainee learns how to grow plants to increase resilience to future disasters. Photo: Rehana Merali

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Tackling crises in 2012: how you’ve helped this year

Haiti, Madagascar, Pakistan

Emergencies and Disaster Resilience

Empowering 12,600 vulnerable young people in Madagascar

Madagascar

Enterprise & Employability

Peer to peer health project launches for 30,000 young people

Liberia, Madagascar, Senegal, Togo, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Health and wellbeing

Madagascar crisis

Madagascar

A meeting of young HIV peer educators in Carion. These young people were trained as part of a Y Care supported project which ended in October 2008. They will now help the YMCA train other young people identified as peer educators as part of the new project.

Enterprise & Employability

YMCA Madagascar update on crisis, June 2009

Madagascar

Enterprise & Employability

Madagascar YMCA operations fragile after violence in the capital

Madagascar

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