Nissily Mushani

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Nissily Mushani - 2017 Nominee
Position: Knowledge Translation Officer
Organization: African Institute for Development and Policy (AFIDEP)
Current Location: Malawi, Africa
Masters Degree from University of Zambia/Masters in Economic Policy Management
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Social Science (2006) University of Malawi, Chancellor College
Certificate in Strategic Planning, CIDA –GAP (2007)
Post-Graduation Certificate in Monitoring and Evaluation at RIPA, London, 2009
Certificate in Integration of Population issues in Development Plans (IPDP), Uganda, 2011
Certificate in Strategic Communication for Health and Development, (ICF Macro), 2011

Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Graduate Scholarship Program
    Awarding Organization:
    The Joint Japan /World Bank
    Date Awarded:
    June 16, 2009
  • Award:
    Presenters Award
    Awarding Organization:
    Population Association of America
    Date Awarded:
    December 16, 2016
Nissily promotes prioritization of FP in development planning at national & district level as an economist & researcher. She advocated for inclusion of population sub-theme in the national development plan enhancing access and delivery of RH services – Barwani Msiska, . at .
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

-While with Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning I was pivotal in the inclusion of the Population sub theme in the national development plan of which one of its strategies is to Enhance the provision, access, delivery and utilization of sexual and reproductive health services to all including the vulnerable and disadvantaged groups.
-Contributed to the development of the 2013 National Population Policy which focuses on prioritizing and revitalizing family planning and population programmes
-As a Policy and Advocacy coordinator at AFIDEP, I contributed to increased discussions and policy considerations of family planning through carrying out and disseminating the demographic dividend study
-contributed to the adoption of different strategies in enhancing youth friendly health services

What sparked your passion for family planning?

The fact that high population growth reinforces poor socio economic outcomes for poor households. Poor young girls and women in rural areas are the poorest who have more children. Investing in Family Planning keeps girls in school, keeps women alive and contributes to productive labor in society. Family Planning enables individuals and couples to control their fertility and to plan for their lives. We need to speak on their behalf while creating platforms for self-expression.

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

Working as an Economist with the Population Development Unit, I led national and district campaigns advocating for family planning to be included in district and national development plans and budgets. Family Planning is key component to achieving sustainable development. I participate in national health and population technical working groups that contribute to development and implementation of SRHR policy and programmes

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

Mentoring young people, especially Members of the Youth Parliament to take up leadership role in advocating for young people’s SRHR. Young people must be empowered to demand for YFHS for themselves and others. Modules covering challenges and opportunities of improving SRHR outcomes in Malawi will be developed and delivered.

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