Malagasy youth define their priorities in the Post 2015 agenda
“For the very first time, Malagasy young people are calling technical partners to present their own priority and their own agenda”
Victorine Brunie, 21 years old
Chair of JPE Antsinanana
Member of the Madagascar Coordination Team for the My World Survey
The African Youth Panel (AYP), through Youth First, has played a key role in organizing a national consultation for Malagasy Youth. The consultation was convened to identify Malagasy youth priorities in the Post 2015 agenda process, and launch a national campaign to mobilize youth votes for the MyWorldSurvey. In March 2015, one month before the launch of the campaign, only 903 votes were recorded from Madagascar. To date, 13,448 people from the country have voted in the Survey thanks to the outreach made possible by a mini grant provided by AYP.
The campaign established a national coordination body comprised of three youth organizations from three of the biggest regions in Madagascar. The body was tasked with convening the national consultation for youth on their priorities for the Agenda post 2015. Using multichannel communication, more than 50,000 young people were reached through social media, interpersonal meetings, school visits and exhibitions. After a series of trainings, 450 volunteers went in various locations to mobilize votes from Malagasy youth. The national consultation was the only formal youth mobilization activity in the country to have the coverage and reach recorded thus far.
After the field collection, the national coordination body met in Antananarivo to consolidate the results of the votes and developed a Strategic plan based on the three main priorities: Education, Employment and Health. This strategic plan will benefit young people from 12 regions in Madagascar and champion a more comprehensive approach for youth development in the country. The plan was presented to all stakeholders in youth development as part of the dissemination plan with the aim of influencing local programming for youth. Representatives from the Ministry of Youth and the Ministry of Finance and Budget welcomed the plan and acknowledged the effort to conduct such consultations, which can be used by all stakeholders and can drive local programming instead of waiting for the next United Nations General Assembly.
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