Partnership with Network for Youth Development (NfYD) in Malawi
For many years, Spire has collaborated with our partner organization Network for Youth Development (NfYD) in Malawi. Together we work with youth participation, environmental challenges, development issues and gender equality. This includes working with information work and events in both Norway and Malawi, in addition to conducting political advocacy work. Spire and NfYD in Malawi work for a just and sustainable world. We believe that by engaging young people to participate in local communities and be a driving force for a better world, a much-needed change will take place.
In earlier years, we have conducted an exchange program called Action for Youth Empowerment and Sustainable Environment (AYESE), where Spire has sent two participants to Malawi each year. These participants live with two other participants from Malawi and work together in the office of NfYD in Lilongwe for four months. Afterwards, the four participants travel to Oslo and work together at Spire for four new months. This exchange program is funded by and developed in collaboration with Norec.
«Youth exchange has enhanced learning about global issues, especially those that affect the youth of today and their future», says Gift Numeri, president of NfYD in Malawi.
«The world, and especially young people, face major global challenges related to climate change, environmental damage, and increasing disparities in power and wealth. In order to find good solutions, we must learn from each other and work together. Through our exchange program, we gain very useful knowledge, experience, and motivation to create a just and sustainable world. In addition, Malawi is a very beautiful and exciting country that you will get to know well by working with our partner organization», says Julie Rødje, president of Spire.