Among the estimated 17.2 million population (2016 PRB fact sheet) of Malawi and 40% of the total population are youth under the age of 15. . Thus, Malawi has a youthful population. The youth face diverse challenges such that their transition to adulthood needs to be understood in the larger developmental context.
As the HIV prevalence rate and the TFR decline, the teenage pregnancy rate remains high at 29%.
When concerted efforts are coupled with smaller number of children per family, it opens up a window of opportunity known as the “Demographic Dividend”. Since the majority of the Malawi population is youthful, investing in young people could result in an increased share of working-age adults in future.
The Ministry of Labor, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development, through the National Youth Council of Malawi (NYCOM), coordinates and promotes youth development and participation in Malawi. This webpage shares more information on youth issues.
Publications and Resources
These can be found under Youth heading on the Resources Tab