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Zambia youths want more spending on child malnutrition

Young people in Zambia believe that international donors should prioritize spending on reducing child malnutrition. 

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Youth Forums Zambia

Three Post-2015 Consensus Youth Forums were held in Zambia, engaging a total of 89 young people. Each forum was organized by Youth Bridge Foundation Zambia, a nonprofit which is dedicated to empowering young people to take a role in development and took place at their center in Lusaka.

The first forum in Zambia brought together 24 young participatants, who after learning more about the costs and benefits of potential targets for the post-2015 development agenda, chose the following as phenomenal targets for the United Nations to prioritize.

• Reduce child malnutrition
• Cut TB deaths 95% 
• Research to increase yields
• Reduce corruption and bribery
• Open world markets for food and textiles
• Reduce forest loss
• Increase tobacco tax 125%
• Mobile broadband developing targets
• Eliminate violence against women and girls
• Halve malaria infections
• Enhance female education
• Provide basic sanitation for 3 bn. people
• Triple preschool in Sub-Saharan Africa
• Make beneficial ownership info public

The second forum brought together 26 young people. The participants chose the following targets as phenomenal priorities.

• Electricity to everyone
• Reduce corruption and bribery 
• Reduce child malnutrition
• Better access to water for 2.3 Bn. people
• Improve exams and teacher accountability
• More health spending for the 1 Bn. poorest
• Provide basic sanitation for 3 Bn. people

The third forum was a double session, bringing together 39 young people to learn about the costs and benefits of potential targets for the post-2015 development agenda. Afterwards they ranked the following as phenomenal investments to prioritize.

• Triple preschool in Sub-Saharan Africa
• Reduce child malnutrition 
• Research to increase yields
• More health spending for the 1 Bn. poorest
• Halve malaria infections

The video and other media on this page were provided by our local Youth Forum partners, to give voice to Youth Forum participants and show individuals' views on priorities.