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Country programmes 2008-2012


Country programmes 2008-2012

Madagascar country programme 2008 - 2012
© UNICEF Madagascar/2014/Rindra Ramasomanana

UNICEF Madagascar's 2008-2012 country programme contributes directly towards national development priorities that aim to improve the lives of Madagascar's children and women. Designed in consultation with national partners, civil society organisations, donors and other development partners, the country programme is in line with the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) in supporting Madagascar to move towards reaching the Millennium Development Goals of 2015.

Previously spanning four years, the country programme was extended for a year as a result of Madagascar's political crisis, allowing UNICEF to overcome the considerable challenges and constraints caused by the ongoing political stalemate and diminishment of donor funds - and so maintain critical support for Madagascar's women and children.

UNICEF Madagascar's work is grounded in a human rights-based approach to programming, and is committed to reducing disparities in the well-being of Malagasy children by ensuring that the most vulnerable among them are increasingly able to realise their rights to survival, development, protection and participation. 


Madagascar country programme 2008 - 2012
© UNICEF Madagascar/2014/Rindra Ramasomanana

In order to achieve its aims, the country programme is committed to:

  • Building capacity at national and sub-national levels to ensure Madagascar's children and women receive high-quality basic social services in accordance with the principles of the international Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  • Bringing about long-lasting behaviour change at a community level to strengthen demand for these services.
  • Identifying and targeting the most vulnerable and hard to reach children with interventions designed to help reduce inequities among Malagasy children.
  • Focusing on evidence-based programming and advocacy through continued assessements, surveys and studies assessing the impact of the current crisis and the socio-economic effects on women and children in Madagascar.
  • Ensuring that the challenges facing children and women in Madagascar remain on the international and national agenda by engaging both local and foreign media.

In addition to working directly with children and young people, UNICEF works in partnership with other United Nations agencies, NGOs, civil society organisations, private sector partners, religious and cultural groups, community leaders, the media and the public.




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