Government urged to support youth-led organisations


By Pemphero Malimba, Citizen Journalist:

Focus Action Results (Far), a non-governmental organisation aiming at building enthusiasm among the youth in the country, has stressed the need for the government to support youths who have passion for developing their communities.

Far National Coordinator Grace Lusangwe Ghambi said this upon arrival from the just-ended second summit of the youth on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that was held in Accra, Ghana.


Ghambi said there are a lot of youth-led organisations that have interest to development their communities but are failing to fulfill their dreams due to lack of support.

She said: “Government through its agencies should work hand in hand with self-starters who are passionate about their communities’ development. Government should create links between youths who are self-starters or have an initiative with them”.

She gave an example of Far that is reaching out to over 53,000 youths countrywide.


“There are a lot of youth-led organisations in the country which are complementing government’s efforts. For instance, when I started Far, I had no funding but I kept using my own money which we still do.

“We believe that, if we were working hand in hand with the government, given good guidance and resources, we could reach out to more than just over 53,000 youths in Malawi,” she said.

She, therefore, stressed the need for government to create space for youth platforms.

“This way, everyone can and will be involved in fulfilling the Agenda 2030 which comprises the 17 SDGs,” Ghambi said.

This year’s three-day summit brought together over 1,400 youth leaders from across Africa under the theme “No SDGs without us”.

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