Young People at the Centre

Participation and Social Change

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“Youth participation” is a popular buzzword in today’s development lexicon. But when is it a practical instrument of development, and when is it mere window-dressing? What does it mean in today’s rapidly changing societies – participation in change itself? This lively and provocative book draws together a host of experiences and views on the subject, from agencies and individuals in diverse fields. Perhaps the strongest message that emerges is that youth participation can be practiced in any setting, on any scale. But it rarely is. This prompts some contributors to ask, are young people the last group in society to suffer “legitimate” discrimination?



Deepening Democracy: Meeting the Challenge of Youth Citizenship

Young people can build a democratic and prosperous world. They can overcome the barriers of the past, build on the strong tradition of co-operation and realise the value of self-reliance and enterprise. They should cultivate the courage to change the present and become partners in shaping a hopeful future.


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