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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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Towards Practical, Principled Youth Mainstreaming

Youth mainstreaming is a society- and sector-wide approach to ensuring social equality for youth, measured by gains in young people’s social status, access to education, healthcare, and other services and resources. YM is not activities as ends in themselves, but fully assessed, co-ordinated and principled processes informed by positive, egalitarian social norms. Youth mainstreaming will be a success where there are solid partnerships among sectors and continuing dialogue with society on policy and planning for and with youth.

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