Madagascar may be one of the richest environments on the planet for wildlife. But, for many, life is a daily struggle with 90% of the population living in extreme poverty.
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.
The country’s history
Since 2009, Madagascar has been affected by a political crisis which has put the country into a spiral of instability and economic decline. 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.
The island also faces environmental challenges, being exposed to tropical cyclones which bring torrential rains and destructive floods. With 93% of the workforce earning less than £1.50 each day, there isn’t room to save or prepare for disaster when it hits. The situation has left young people with limited skills, resources and little hope of building a secure future.
About the project
The project aims to improve the living conditions of young people and reduce their economic vulnerability. The project focussed on young people living rurally to help develop resilience to disasters and climate change which is currently having devastating effects 93% of the population living on less than £1.50 a day.
The project improved the production capacity of young, rural entrepreneurs and enabled access to information, markets and funds help support a sustained improvement for them and their communities.
It also influenced at an institutional level by supporting youth cooperatives that met with local decision makers, supporting a socio-economic integration.
What have we achieved?
600 young people completed vocational training
89 % of young people feel more confident about their local health facilities
Youth representation in local committees increased by 95 %
18 local civil society organisations strengthened their institutional capacity