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Together, we are addressing the root causes of poverty in Madagascar. Donate now.

Together, we are addressing the root causes of poverty in Madagascar. Donate now.

CARE International began working in Madagascar in 1992.

Across the country, we aim to defeat the root causes of poverty. These include social exclusion, lack of access to basic resources and services, poor governance, and gender inequality. We have empowered over 460,000 people directly through 21 projects and initiatives.

Today, our work in Madagascar focuses on:

  • Disaster risk reduction
  • Women’s economic empowerment
  • Village Savings and Loan Associations
  • Food security
  • Strengthening governance and civil society

Fast Facts

Population: 28,812,195 (2023 est.)
Life expectancy: 68.47 (67.06 years male, 69.92 years female) (2023 est.)
Infant mortality: 38.27 deaths/1,000 live births (2023 est.)
Under-5 mortality*: 66 deaths/1,000 live births (2021 est.)
Access to improved drinking water: 56.1% (85% urban, 38% rural)
Access to improved sanitation: 32.6% (49.2% urban, 22.1% rural)
Percentage of seats held by women in national parliament^: 18.5% (2022 est.)
GDP per capita: $1,500 (2021 est.)

Source: CIA World Factbook, *UNICEF, ^World Bank

Climate Response and Village Loans

In Northwestern Madagascar, our local CARE team works to empower women like Micheline. Micheline is a devoted single mother raising her five children, embodying the spirit of resilience.

“During rain, things get tough. Water rises to the bed’s level, and sometimes roofs give way. We find refuge in community shelters,” she says.

Micheline faces challenges, including seasonal floods that threaten her home. She is supported with insights and tools from our local teams and community leaders to be prepared against cyclones, floods, and climate change. Micheline also takes part in CARE’s Savings and Loans Group (AVEC).

“AVEC transformed my life. I obtained a loan to buy and resell grains, ensuring my children’s sustenance and education. Hunger was no longer a barrier to their learning,” she says.

In partnership with our local CARE teams, women like Micheline are empowered to fight against the challenges of climate change and defeat poverty.

© Miantsa Randrianasolo/CARE

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For those living in extreme poverty, your support brings education and training, healthcare and clean water, nutritious food, and new ways to earn an income. And in times of crisis, you help us deliver emergency relief. Please donate today.