The Malawi Human Rights Youth Network affiliate Youth organizations in Blantyre organized road shows in an effort to raise awareness on youth participation in local governance In The project was necessitated by the fact that youth are marginalized and underrepresented in the local governance structures and processes which lenders them a sidelined group despite being the majority of the country’s population comprising over 65% of the total population
Among the factors, youth do not know the existing local governance structures and avenues of participation and so they lack interest to participate and meaningfully engage duty bearers in demanding their rights. Furthermore, they are not aware of the roles of duty bearers such as the councils, members of parliament, and councillors. Evidence also suggest that there is also negative mind set among the duty bearers that young people are childish and incapable of making sound decisions in the governance structures. Lack of platform for the youth to engage with duty bearers on specific issues for inclusive and participatory decisions coupled with lack of enforcement of existing policies to accommodate the youth also aggravate the situation.