In Malawi, strategic and multisectoral investments in youth are critical pieces of national growth and development. Growing Together: Multisectoral Investments in Malawi’s Youth is an ENGAGE™ multimedia presentation that describes the necessary investments in young people’s health, education, employment opportunities, and participation in governance that can create a window of opportunity for accelerated economic development.
The goal of Growing Together: Multisectoral Investments in Malawi’s Youth is to build awareness of the overlapping needs and priorities of multiple sectors and increase support for cross-sectoral investments in Malawi’s young people. To achieve this goal, the presentation is designed to boost individuals’ understanding of the links between and among young peoples’ health, education, employment, and meaningful participation in governance, and how investments in each of these sectors can contribute to Malawi’s growth and development.
Developed with the guidance of a multisectoral taskforce chaired by the Ministry of Health and with representatives of government and civil society, the presentation incorporates youth interview clips, up-to-date research and data, and specific policy recommendations. Target audiences include national and subnational government policymakers; health, education, employment, and youth sector leaders; program officials; journalists; and others.
Growing Together: Multisectoral Investments in Malawi’s Youth is a 19-minute presentation available as a narrated video and a click-through .exe file for live presentations. The presentation is accompanied by a presentation guide designed to help users make the most of the presentation. The guide includes supplemental materials such as the full presentation script, references, key messages with screenshots, FAQs, and a discussion guide that can be used to prompt interaction and dialogue among viewers.
Growing Together: Multisectoral Investments in Malawi’s Youth
Malawi ENGAGE™ Media Clips: English
Malawi ENGAGE™ : Chichewa
Kukulira Limodzi: Kufesa Mipamba Yangodya Zotukulira Achinyamata m'Malawi
Malawi ENGAGE™ Media Clips: Chichewa
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Malawi Youth Champions
In 2018, HP+ conducted policy and advocacy training in Malawi to amplify the voices of young adults working on issues related to youth-friendly health services. The short video presents the voices of three youth champions (also featured in the HP+ 2019 World Population Day blog) who attended the training and are continuing to work in various ways to inspire and educate youth in their communities.
Recent research suggests linking family planning to broader development goals may alleviate of rapid population growth and associated pressures upon natural and human resources.
Rising populations affect access to clean water, transport, and electricity; access to social services, such as education; environmental sustainability; and food security, among other things. Reducing unintended pregnancies through voluntary family planning is one clear way of easing such pressures.
The United Nations adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of 17 goals and 169 associated targets (to be met by 2030) that establish priorities for poverty eradication, health, education, and food security, and a host of related economic, social, and environmental objectives. An added commitment to family planning and reproductive health in the SDGs will require concerted efforts at the national and subnational level.
How can this be done in Malawi where more than half of the total population is under age 19, a situation that puts the country at risk for widespread youth unemployment, civil instability, and slower development? Or in Sindh province in Pakistan where the population is growing at 2 percent per year and whose capital city Karachi has the 12th largest urban population in the world? Two new policy briefs from the Health Policy Plus (HP+) Project focus attention on these questions. HP+ is a partnership between Palladium, Avenir Health, Futures Group Global Outreach, Plan International USA, Population Reference Bureau, RTI International, the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood, and ThinkWell.
The answer is with key stakeholders representing government, civil society, and the private sector, ensuring that objectives and priorities around the SDGs are locally relevant and realistic. Successful policy execution will require building the capacity of government departments that are implementing programs, by tracking progress towards policy targets, and holding policymakers accountable for promised commitments. A first step is aligning provincial-level development goals with the SDGs. And, a good place to start is with family planning.