Development cooperation , 16.02.2017

Promotion of sexual and reproductive health and education of girls in rural Malawi


This continuation project is planned to continue the work commenced in the first phase of the project during 2013-2015. The key development problem is unsafe school and unfriendly school and community environment for girls’ education, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and parents’ poor economic possibilities to support girls’ education. The purpose of the project is to enable conducive school and community environment for girls’ sexual and reproductive health and education. The overall development objective continues to be improved well-being and health of Malawian girls. The aims of the project are to further develop and embed the safe school and SRHR model’s created in the first phase of the project. So that the schools, community structures and local policies change so that they are safer and friendlier for girls and empower parents economic and famililies nutritional situation. Immediate objectives are 1) School environment is safe and SRHR friendly, 2) Community environment is supportive of girls’ education and SRHR, 3) Girls are empowered 4) Women are empowered to support girls’ SRHR and education 5) Project models are accommodated in local policies and programs. The activities of the project focus on capacity building, awareness raising, empowerment, improving livelihood and well-being. The project will be implemented during 2017–2020 in the districts of Dedza and Mangochi in Malawi. Immediate beneficiaries of the project are girls between 10-18 years, teachers, parents, boys, traditional and religious leaders, community structures and government official in the local level. This project will continue and build on the cooperation established in the first phase between Väestöliitto, Mannerheim League for Child Welfare (MLL) and Youth Empowerment and Civic Education (YECE) and as a new partner the Martha Association (Marttaliitto) will join and bring its expertise in income generating activities and nutrition. Furthermore, a m-learning application will be developed for sexuality education purposes.


  • 2017: 223 978 €
  • 2018: 179 146 €
  • 2019: 152 349 €
  • 2020: 158 477 €

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

  • Gender equality
  • Reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health

Field of activity

  • Family planning 40%
  • Reproductive health care 40%
  • Basic life skills for youth and adults 20%

Special target group

  • women
  • girls
  • children
  • youth

Funding channel

  • Väestöliitto ry
  • YECE, Youth Empowerement and Civic Education
  • Family Planning Association of Malawi (FPAM)
  • University of Malawi, College of Medicine, Centre for Reproductive Health
  • Youth Empowerement and Civic Education (YECE)



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