The Youth Share their Aspirations and Recommendations for National Youth Policy, Based on Broad Consultation.

01 December 2023
Officialisation de la consultation nationale des jeunes
UNICEF Madagascar/2023/Andriantsoarana

Antananarivo, 1 December, 2023 – Today in Anosy, Malagasy Youth shared their analysis and recommendations on seven priority areas such as education, peace and security, climate change or the participation of young people in decision-making with a view to their integration into youth policy. These perspectives stem from a broad national youth consultation conducted by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, with support from UNICEF, throughout 2023. These topics concern the main challenges for which young people are calling for more support from the State as well as technical and financial partners.


More than 1,770 young people, 50% of whom were girls, were surveyed in nine regions of the country to exchange and share their expectations, their fears and prospects for the coming years. In terms of education, three out of 10 young people are forced to drop out of school due to lack of financial means; and even after studying, many have difficulty finding a job. In the field of health, Youth noted barriers to accessing health infrastructure and gaps in information about health services. And with regard to the peace and security issue, the most cited sources of insecurity are poverty (63%), lack of income-generating activities (55.8%) or the consumption of drugs and narcotics (26%).

It also turns out that young people are thirsty for commitment and want to be actors of change in order to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Aspiring to be involved in decision-making with a view to formulating policies and programmes related to youth, almost 27% of them already participate in fokontany meetings while 38% have platforms to express their opinions.

The results of this consultation represent the voice and aspirations of Malagasy Youth. They will serve as a cornerstone in the revision of the National Strategy FANOITRA or LEVER for youth empowerment and community transformation via the Youth in Madagascar. We are determined to translate these results into concrete actions that meet the needs of our young people and contribute to their development,” stressed the Minister of Youth and Sports, André Haja Resampa.

UNICEF Representative Christine Jaulmes reiterated UNICEF’s commitment to working with and for Youth. “UNICEF supported this exercise because for us, the principle of the participation of children and young people is a right that is enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the promotion of which is part of UNICEF’s mission. This vision is reflected in our overall strategy, which encourages actions aimed at the optimal participation of adolescents and young people as agents of change in the implementation of our programmes,” she stressed.

Officialisation de la consultation nationale des jeunes
UNICEF Madagascar/2023/Andriantsoarana
Officialisation de la consultation nationale des jeunes
UNICEF Madagascar/2023/Andriantsoarana

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