EISA Madagascar: Youth participation in public life


Talk across generations: Infographic

Jun 2020

Representation of youth in the National Assembly 2015-2020


University debate

May 2019

At the end of the campaign, EISA convened and facilitated an inter-university debate on the topic of the legislative elections, which took place on 25 May in Antananarivo. The debate was jointly organised with ONG Tolotsoa. Four universities across the country participated in the debate, namely the Institut d'Etude Politique de Madagascar (IEP), Faculté Economie, Gestion, Sociologie de l'Université d'Antananarivo, la Faculté de Droit et Science Politique de l'Université d'Antananarivo and Faculté de Droit, Economie, Gestion, Mathématiques et Informatiques Appliquées de l'Université de Toamasina.

The debating contest allowed youth to address the different barriers that prevent them from participating in the electoral process and identify solutions regarding these barriers. The debate was broadcast live on Facebook with more than 700 views and the final was also broadcast on the national radio on May 25 to reach more target especially young voters in the regions.


Talk across generations

As part of the support to the Caucus of Women MPs, initiative, a "talk across generations" dialogue was organised. The dialogue was attended by MPs, Ministers, political leaders, activists and 88 young Malagasy from the 22 regions of the country.

National Youth Summit

Two years after the National Young Girl Leadership Summit, Youth First held its second summit titled "National Youth Summit" in Antananarivo, where 88 young people between the ages15 to 30 years from the 22 regions of Madagascar attended. The main topics of the summit focused around education, entrepreneurship, employment and governance. EISA took part in the governance topic by leading workshops on electoral violence and youth participation in the political and electoral process. The summit ended with a conference titled "Talk Across Generations" A talk that gave these young people the opportunity to exchange directly with MPs, ministers, politicians and entrepreneurs by addressing the issues that Malagasy youth face on a daily basis and the solution they think would help remove the barriers that still prevent youth from fully participating and helping the country move forward.

The Women's Caucus President handed assisants their certificates


University students informed about gender issues and citizen participation

Jan 2012

After successfully concluding an agreement with 5 universities, namely University of Antananarivoy, Antsiranana, Toamasina, Fianarantsoa and Toliara to include university students in the roll out of sensitising the public on issues of greater participation of women at all levels of society as well as greater citizen participation in governance issues, students have been trained in the EISA "Strengthening capacity of women and youth to participation in decision-making processes". From January 2012 the programme has been rolled out with 65 students and 11 lecturers from all five collaborating universities who attended a workshop in Antananarivo in June.

Following the June capacity building workshop, participants, with the assistance of their lecturers who coached them, drafted a three month action plan. This plan included the names of universities or faculties where they will conduct sensitisation workshops, the dates of workshops and the topics they intend to cover. Based on these plans, EISA assessed the needs for each awareness workshop and provided technical, financial and logistical support.

In addition participants have established the Association of Intellectuals for the Promotion of Gender Issues as a result of the training. A coordinator has been identified from amongst the students to promote gender issues in each of the four partner universities.

EISA is also in discussion with the University of Mahajanga in regard to possible collaboration. By and large, the Programme was able to achieve the establishment of a Gender Institute within the University of Fianarantsoa and the creation of the Association of Intellectuals for the Promotion of Gender Issues at each university.