Educate Indigenous Youth Leaders to Defeat Poverty

by CISE Malawi
Educate Indigenous Youth Leaders to Defeat Poverty
Educate Indigenous Youth Leaders to Defeat Poverty
Educate Indigenous Youth Leaders to Defeat Poverty
Educate Indigenous Youth Leaders to Defeat Poverty


This project educates and organizes poor indigenous youth to develop their own communities. We provide rights and leader training and mobilize youth to launch local projects and their own movement to negotiate with government. Our intervention is needed. Most of youth partners demand training on smart leadership and how to collaborate to impact. We advocate and lobby for youth inclusion in decision making positions, our unique model empowering youth to solve their own problems is the way forward

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In poor central Malawi, indigenous youth are central to families, communities and cultural traditions, but play a minor role in civil society. They average a 3rd grade education. 95% report violence and discrimination in homes and schools. Wages are unlivable. Climate change and ignorance wreak havoc on the environment. Public services are poor. Youth do not unite nor make informed demands of non-transparent government. Too many youth abandon their families in search of greener pastures in RSA


Our project empowers sustainable community development. We use youth-led leader and human rights training and network building to drive demand for basic services and homegrown solutions to problems. We train youth to launch self-determined projects, e.g. distributing clean burning stoves or growing organic gardens. We educate them on decision-making and management strategies to sustain progress. Our public forums empower youth to promote their unprecedented development agenda to their government

Long-Term Impact

Youth drive sustained progress in communities when armed with decision-making clarity, authority and economic resources. For native youth, this project breaks the isolation in which they live by organizing around innate abilities and shared interests and power. Their network of 10 organizations creates solutions to problems and supports youth autonomy and regional alliances. With success, we integrate youth, poverty decreases and migration slows. We then scale our model across the country Malawi

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).


Organization Information

CISE Malawi

Location: Mchinji - Malawi
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Twitter: @cisemalawi
CISE Malawi
Hellen Kanyika
Project Leader:
Hellen Kanyika
Mchinji, Central Malawi

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