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MADAGASCAR

A push for Sustainable Development

A bold new global agenda to pursue a sustainable future was unanimously adopted by all Member States of the United Nations in 2015. “The new agenda is a promise by leaders to all people everywhere. It is a universal, integrated and transformative vision for a better world.”
– UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

BEING President of MADAGASCAR

“A new era is opening before the world; a new hope was being built with the advent of the Sustainable Development Goals. The goals should not just be a reference point to fight against poverty, but for sustainable human development on the larger scale.”
Hery Rajaonarimampianina, President of Madagascar

24,916,000 Human Beings live in Madagascar
Meet a few of them

In the Malagasy tradition, the theft of zebus is an initiation rite for young men to prove their virility prior to marriage.

“I ONLY MAKE AS MUCH CHARCOAL AS MY VILLAGE NEEDS”
“I ONLY MAKE AS MUCH CHARCOAL AS MY VILLAGE NEEDS”

In Madagascar, charcoal provides nearly 90% of the energy used for cooking in households.
(WWF, Charcoal Producers in South Madagascar, 2010)

“I’M 5”
“I’M 5”

Of every 1,000 live births, 62 result in children dying before they reach five years of age. Mortality rates are highest in rural areas.
(World Food Programme, Facts about Hunger in Madagascar, 2015)

``Most days I never bring home gold but every day I sift.``
``Most days I never bring home gold but every day I sift.``

Life expectancy in Madagascar is 65.2 years.
(World Food Programme, Facts about Hunger in Madagascar, 2015)

The Kilalaky is an utterly unique dance and form of music originating from the Bara people who live in western Madagascar. This was filmed one serendipitous evening on the shore of the Tsiribihina River when kids from a nearby village gathered around an impromptu campfire and lightning lit the sky above.

“IT TAKES ME 2 DAYS TO GO 160 KM DOWNSTREAM AND 6 DAYS TO GO BACK UP” – MBITY
“IT TAKES ME 2 DAYS TO GO 160 KM DOWNSTREAM AND 6 DAYS TO GO BACK UP” – MBITY

Pirogues, long narrow canoes made from a single tree trunk, are the common mode of transportation on the Tsiribihina River in  Madagascar.

“MY HUSBAND AND I SIFT FOR GOLD IN THE RIVER EVERY DAY. AND MY SON WILL TOO SOMEDAY.”
“MY HUSBAND AND I SIFT FOR GOLD IN THE RIVER EVERY DAY. AND MY SON WILL TOO SOMEDAY.”

Ninety-two percent of the population in Madagascar lives on less than US$2 a day.
(World Bank, Madagascar statistical analysis, 2014)

“WE WANTS SWEETS”
“WE WANTS SWEETS”

With stunting affecting 47 percent of children under five, Madagascar ranks fourth in the “Global Chronic Malnutrition” table.
(World Food Programme, Facts about Hunger in Madagascar, 2015)