Malawi’s population is predominantly young. In 2014 it was recorded that two thirds of the population were under 25 years of age. Despite this, the demographics of the Parliament of Malawi reflects that of Africa as a whole, where the average age of the population of Africa is 19, but the average age of politicians is 65. There is a high turnover of MPs in the National Assembly, but few young people – under the age of 40 - standing for seats.
In November 2016, CPA UK, in collaboration with the British High Commission and CPA Scotland delivered a programme for a selection of young Members at the National Assembly of Malawi and aspiring politicians. The programme explored good parliamentary practice and procedure and addressed topical areas of issue-based campaigning and barriers to youth engagement in politics.
Dennis Imaan is a Global Citizen born and currently staying in Malawi. He loves to share his experiences and lessons with others. Travel, Tourism, Innovations, Media and Youth development are close to his heart.