African Monitor (AM), in partnership with Her Liberty Malawi, held community hearings and a workshop with the youth and community of Chitukula in Lilongwe, Malawi, from the 4th until 8th November 2019. The community hearings were held to discussing the data collected in our project #TheCitizensReport, and to hear how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are being implemented in the communities. The development of the SDGs is a commitment by governments to eradicate poverty and achieve these by 2030 world-wide, ensuring that no one is left behind. AM has partnered with youth leaders from different African countries to collect data and to monitor the progress of the implementation of these goals. And according to the data that has been collected, it seems like the journey is still very long, as there are still more people that are still left behind.
Some of the challenges that were expressed by the community members are: Access to education, youth unemployment and access of health care facilities. The health care facilities that are available are very far from the villages. Most of the people in the rural areas are unemployed and therefore are unable to afford transport to access those facilities.
Our Director Ms. Namhla Mniki also spent some time with the youth leaders from Her Liberty Malawi, equipping them with some leadership and co-creating solutions skills.
These young people want to see their communities develop, they want to bring change in their communities, as well actively being the change they want to see.
They did not only discuss the challenges that their community faces but they put heads together to find solutions to their challenges.
We are working together for the betterment of the lives of communities.