Development cooperation ,23.08.2013

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


The project is implemented by Väestöliitto, Mannerheim League for Child Welfare (MLL), Youth Empowerment and Civic Education, Family Planning Association of Malawi and College of Medicine, University of Malawi. Its activities are in the Republic of Malawi in Dedza and Mangochi districts in 6 schools. There is a high school drop-out among girls aged 10-18 which is as a result of unfriendly school environment, unsupportive community environment, lack of empowerment of girls and poor sexual health. Reasons for drop-outs are e.g. sexual harassment, early marriages and pregnancies, family responsibilities, and long distances. The aim of the project is to develop capacity of the partners, develop models and strengthen the already existing structures in the project area. Furthermore, the aim is to improve the implementation of the national policies within youth and girls sexual and reproductive health and rights and education on the local level especially in the project area. The specific objectives are; 1) CSO capacity building, 2) Girl friendly and safer schools in project area, 3) Supportive community environment for girls’ education and sexual and reproductive health and rights in project area, 4) Girls are empowered in the project area.The outputs are: 1) Comprehensive approach by partners in development of well-being and health of girls in the project area, 2) Model of SRHR friendly school is established, 3) Model of safe school environment is established, 4) Community members promote actively education and well-being of girls in the project area, 5) Girls have responsible role in project implementation. The development objective is to contribute to the improvement of well-being and health of Malawian girls. The Finnish cross-cutting goals are taken into consideration in monitoring and evaluation. The focus is on human rights and gender equality. The project focuses on training key groups in communities on project themes, develops models for schools on safe and supportive environment and sexual education, conducts research, analyses collected data and strengthens existing structures. In the implementation such models are adopted as Integrated Area Based Approach, peer support and school peace of MLL and Steps of Sexuality -sexuality education of Väestöliitto. The beneficiaries on the project area are girls aged 10-18 years, teachers, boys, community leaders and parents. Project sustainability is secured a.o. by working with existing structures.


  • 2013: 187 259 €
  • 2014: 164 252 €
  • 2015: 148 778 €

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

  • Gender equality

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



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