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Youth Inclusion project - Malawi



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Malawi’s population is largely youthful with 80% of its population aged below 35 years and with a median age of 17. The youthful population is acknowledged as being one of Malawi’s strongest assets, and the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS) II 2011-2016 lists youth development and empowerment as one of its nine priorities, identifying young people as a key group; energetic, industrious, willing to learn and ready to adopt new innovations to contribute to sustainable development.

The status of young people in Malawi is improving, however there is still more that needs to done. The Government of Malawi and its development partners recognize that youth are exposed to a broad range of challenges pertaining to health, education, employment, empowerment and participation as well as subjective well-being. Ushering young people into a healthy and productive adulthood through the right investments and legal frameworks is critical for the social economic development of Malawi and the country’s ability to achieve demographic dividend and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 


The Youth Inclusion project in Malawi focus studies:

  • Rural youth entrepreneurship in Malawi
  • Youth Employment Opportunities, Qualification Mismatch and TVET Curriculum in Malawi

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Malawi: Launch of the Youth Well-being Policy Review of Malawi, 23 January 2018, Lilongwe

‌The OECD launched the Youth Well-being policy review of Malawi study in an vent organized on Tuesday 23rd January in Lilongwe. The event was attended by Honourable Mr Francis Kasaila, Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development (MoLYSMD) of Malawi, and EU Ambassador to Malawi, Mr Marchel Gerrmann.

Invest more in training of young Malawians to strengthen economy, says new OECD Development study

Malawi’s economy has not grown fast enough in recent years to create decent jobs for the majority of its employable youth. Improving the supply of Technical, entrepreneurial and vocational education and training (TEVET) can provide them with better opportunities in the labour market, while fostering economic diversification and productivity, according to the OECD Development Centre’s Youth Well-Being Policy Review in Malawi. 




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