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Youth Mainstreaming in Development Planning

Transforming Young Lives

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Young people constitute one-quarter of the world’s population, and one-third of the population in developing nations. They have demonstrated their capabilities and vision as citizens and partners in development, signalling a vibrant and hopeful resource for the world.

Yet, young people do not benefit equitably from development outcomes. In the global north, they are poorer than their parents’ generation. In the global south, the dividends of economic growth are not adequately reaching them. Young people also face challenges in participating in decisions that affect their social, political and economic empowerment.

Against this backdrop, youth mainstreaming is a critical part of creating an egalitarian world and achieving social equality for young people. Youth Mainstreaming in Development Planning: Transforming Young Lives aims to initiate dialogue and mobilise cross-sectoral youth development strategies in order to strengthen intergenerational equity and justice.

It includes practical tools and techniques that will help policy-makers and practitioners in all sectors ensure inclusive planning to realise youth rights and capabilities.

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Annex 1 - Definitions of Youth

Youth, in Commonwealth educational material, is not a ‘natural category’, and it cannot be a ‘universal concept’. Young people’s life chances are determined by their age, and change across time, place, economic, social and political contexts. Young people’s experiences are also defined by physical and psychosocial developmental phases such as early and late adolescence, and by youth-adult relationships and resultant power dynamics. These conceptions have implications for our planning for them.

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