A new momentum in the Big Idea project development has begun. Representatives from the National Youth Authority, the National Statistical Service, STAR Ghana, Hutspace, the Voices of Youth Coalition, Penplusbytes, iSpace, Youth Advocates Ghana, SEND Ghana, the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition, Voto-Mobile, GenCED, BloggingGhana, Alpha Primus Ltd and HubConcept convened at a partners’ roundtable discussion led by the YES-Ghana Big Idea team on March 19th, 2015.
After previous discussions and consultation workshops to further develop the theory of change and country-specific implementation models for Ghana, Nepal and Tanzania, the need to bring partners together, create an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the more recent and specific design of the project, discuss the role each partner could play in implementation and how the project can concretely move forward was highly necessary.
The enthusiasm and commitment of partners as well as the high level of attendance and insightful contributions led to a very successful discussion. For partners, it was an occasion to build their commitment to the project delivery and gain more ownership through discussing the design process. For YES-Ghana, it was an excellent opportunity to capture ideas to further improve the implementation phases.
Participants agreed on the importance of mapping political spaces in order to understand who the main decision makers are and how to engage constructively with the Government at both local and national levels. This collaboration will build trust and allow the youth to receive more support, legitimacy and the right to access data as well as enter the political sphere. The National Youth Authority will play a key role in sharing information and contributing to the youth-led design of new Youth Bill.
The selection of youth required to participate in the Big Idea project was discussed. Youth participation in the Big Idea will be voluntary, thus it will be important to ensure the most enthusiastic and motivated people are brought on board. Again, special efforts will be made to reach women and ensure their full engagement in the long run. Further, the YES-Ghana Big Idea team will collaborate with partners identified for the first implementation phase and finalize a concrete road map.
In addition to partners participation in the youth data audit dissemination workshop happening at the end of April, similar roundtable discussions will be held every quarter to ensure that partners are not only updated on each stage of the project but are also given the opportunity contribute brilliant ideas to the implementation process and eventual success of the Big Idea.