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Youth for Development and Productivity (YODEP)

Zomba, Malawi
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Joined in November 2003

About Us


Youth for Development and Productivity (YODEP) was established in 1998 to respond to the needs and challenges affecting children, youth and women in Malawi. YODEP was registered with the National Youth Council of Malawi (1996) Act in 2003, Trustees Incorporation (1962) Act in 2011. 

YODEP Strategic Goal

The strategic goal of YODEP is to see children and youth particularly the vulnerable and marginalized grow in a conducive environment necessary for their growth and development.

YODEP programs are responding to the plight of the Malawian children who live and grow in high risk environments plagued by poverty, ignorance, malnutrition and high rates of communicable diseases. This situation renders Malawian children vulnerable to poor health and/ or premature death. 


 A Malawian society where citizens are healthy, literate, self-reliant, and free from abject poverty and hopelessness.


YODEP exist to create an environment where children and young people in Malawi live to their full potential through livelihood interventions, Sexual Reproductive Health initiatives, skills building, education, health, human rights and humanitarian support.

Child Safe guarding

In Youth for Development and Productivity (YODEP), Child safeguarding is the foundation of our work and there is zero tolerance towards the abuse and exploitation of children by any of our representatives. YODEP is very committed to doing everything in our power to avoid unintended harm or accidents to children as the result of any of our activities

YODEP Core Program Areas


The programme targets particularly children and youth acknowledging that this particular group is the most vulnerable in society. The programme goal is to create a conducive environment for children and young people to access quality education. . 

Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health (YSRH)

The programme targets young people between the ages of 10 and 24. These are in and out of school youth. The major purpose of the programme is to ensure that adolescents are equipped to make a healthy and successful transition through puberty to young adulthood. This programme empowers the adolescents to have access to knowledge, information and services that allow them to make the best possible choices, and the development of an enabling environment, which makes those choices realistic. The choices they make regarding their health, education and livelihoods depend on the information, services and opportunities available to them but also on the social norms and policies that make those choices desirable and safe.  

Livelihood security

Poverty constitutes a denial of human rights and dignity among the children, youth and women in Malawi. Most youth lack skills to deal with poverty because of limited access to post basic education and vocational training and they find themselves unemployed. They also lack entrepreneurship skills and seed capital making it difficult to become self-employed. The result of this is increased street children, juveniles and prostitution. A large number of rural households who are chronically poor do not manage to produce enough food to meet their subsistence requirements such as low productivity smallholder farmers and the working poor. Young people are affected with this because customary and traditionally, they do not own land and cannot easily access land and farm inputs including the loans. YODEP provide livelihood and Food security interventions with an aim of improving the food self-sufficiency and income levels among poor level in families affected and infected by HIV/AIDS, youth and women headed families

Children with Disabilities

Youth for Development and Productivity (YODEP) recognises that children with disabilities can make a positive contribution towards the achievement of political, social and economic development goals of the country if a conducive environment is created for their inclusion in the mainstream society. This can best be done when all people are given equal rights and opportunities to participate in development activities and are able to realise their full potential as citizens of this country. Children with disabilities face numerous challenges that results in their exclusion from the mainstream of society and have made it difficult for them to access their fundamental social, political and economic rights. YODEP in its Special needs project is providing care and support to 68 children with different disabilities. Activities include; counseling to guardians, feeding, provision of assistive devices, indoor and outdoor play, and physical fitness, education support, and community based rehabilitation, awareness meetings to advocate for their rights, health care including HIV/AIDS prevention. 

Humanitarian Response (work)

In response to the disasters that hits Malawi, YODEP always operationalize its emergency committees to ably respond to the disaster in order to ensure that children, youth and communities affected by natural disasters are timely assisted and that the poorest of our societies are removed from circumstances of hopelessness. We provide temporary shelters to the affected families, beddings, food items, livelihood and WASH facilities to the affected families. Those families living in the evacuation centres are relocated to the upper lands and offered temporary shelters using plastic sheets, food items and wash materials are distributed to them. Finally, those families who have got land are given maize seeds and fertilizers in order for them to plant and recover the food that have been destroyed in their gardens


Youth for Development and Productivity (YODEP) was established in 1998 to respond to the needs and challenges affecting children, youth and women in Malawi. YODEP was registered with the National Youth Council of Malawi (1996) Act…

Areas of Focus Include

  • Children & Youth
  • Community Development
  • Education
  • Health & Medicine
  • Volunteering

Location & Contact

  • +265 888 334 420
  • M3 Road, MPC Building, Third Floor
    Room Number 401

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