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.



Case Study Theme 3: Youth Employment - Kenya and Uganda

This case study is set against Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth. There is increasing political will nationally and internationally to tackle the youth unemployment crisis across the globe. The ILO’s World Employment and Social Outlook 2016, Trends for Youth report showed that the global number of unemployed youth was set to rise by half a million, to reach 71 million in 2016. Many governments are recognising the significance of addressing this crisis. The following case studies look at enhancing economic opportunities for young entrepreneurs, through affirmative action in procurement policies in Kenya and a multi-sectoral youth employment initiative in Uganda.


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