The United Nations Development Programme has launched the first Youth Strategy entitled “Empowered Youth, Sustainable Future” in Tunis, Tunisia.
The UNDP Youth Strategy offers key entry points for systematic and coordinated action to support youth within an increasingly complex development context for their social, economic and political development. While the focus will be on young women and men ages 15-24, the range may extend to ages 25-30 and will remain flexible to ensure that programming is responsive to the diverse needs of youth in different country contexts.
Three outcomes provide a framework for results. National, regional and global initiatives can build on good practices of the past and introduce innovative solutions for the future. The outcomes are: Strengthened sustainable development pathways through increased economic empowerment of youth; Enhanced youth civic engagement and participation in politics and public institutions strengthened; Strengthened youth engagement in disaster preparedness, crisis response, and resilience building in crisis and/or conflict contexts.
Four approaches stand out as effective ways to support countries in achieving these outcomes. The four-pronged approach includes: Supporting capacity development of young people and youth organizations; Engaging through outreach, advocacy and mainstreaming of youth issues in all spheres of development planning; Developing and exercising spheres of influence through leadership and empowerment; Sustaining progress through support to national youth policy development and implementation.
Success of the strategy depends on forging sustainable and innovative partnerships to deliver. UNDP will strengthen partnerships with civil society and youth led and based organizations, networks and movements, governments at national and sub-national levels, and throughout the development community at all levels. Partnerships will also contribute to improving coordination and coherence within the UN system, particularly in the areas of political inclusion, civic engagement, human rights, employment and health.
Measuring the results of these endeavours will require the design of targets and indicators for youth development, the collection and analysis of sex and age disaggregated data within existing robust monitoring and evaluation frameworks, in particular for the frameworks developed to monitor UNDP Strategic Plan.
The Youth Empowerment Synergy-Ghana looks forward to strengthening its partnership with the UNDP to implement the Youth Strategy in addressing youth empowerment issues in Ghana and around the world.
For more information on UNDP’s Youth Strategy, click here.