UNICEF in partnership with Malawi Government and development partners on Wednesday launched U-Report Malawi, a free mobile based tool for community participation designed to address issues which affect the youth.
The new service which is available for free on both Airtel and TNM includes regular opinion pools sent by SMS by texting the word “JOIN” to 1177.
Speaking at the launch, Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development Francis Kasaila described U-Report as a milestone for young people to have a say on different developmental activities being implemented by various partners.
He further said Malawi Government recognizes the important role young people play in development, saying with the growing population, children and young people are essential to the country’s development.
Kasaila then appealed to network service providers to make sure that there is unlimited network in rural areas if the use of U-Report is to be successful.