Change a life
Madagascar has found new hope after five years of continuous backsliding in its global social and economic development indicators.
In 2014, the country saw a return to institutional normality. A new president was elected: Hery Rajaonarimampianina, the former Finance Minister in the previous transitional government. A new National Assembly was created and for the first time in history was headed by a woman. A return to constitutional order is therefore ongoing. It is not without difficulties, but the determination of the interested parties to turn the page and move on from the past is clear.
The level of unemployment remains high and people with disabilities are not considered a priority. In addition, they suffer from high levels of discrimination in their communities. They are marginalised and their economic and social inclusion remains problematic. Less than 10% of children with disabilities attend school. Their lack of education also hinders their social inclusion when they grow up. Furthermore, intellectual disability is a particular taboo on the island.
The uncertain political and economic context prevents the launch of initiatives in the field of disability. As a result, Handicap International's actions mainly target the recognition of people with disabilities’ rights and their inclusion. However, the International Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was ratified by Madagascar in 2015, offering a framework for progress.