Around the world, countless young people are eager to shape their communities. But governance structures, poverty and a lack of education and employment can muffle these voices. Here's how to make a change.
Young people today are arguably more engaged in social and civic issues that affect their communities and countries than ever before. This week, Youth Will looks at youth civic engagement, how the global development community can empower young leaders, and how young people can be encouraged to take action.
How can development professionals working with young people make sure young people’s voices are heard in their communities, particularly in poor or violent societies? Mercy Corps' senior adviser for youth development gives his tips on engaging young people in civic activity.
Nigeria goes to the polls March 28 to elect the nation's next president. With 63 percent of the population aged under 24, the youth vote is considered decisive. Devex spoke to one of the country's prominent youth leaders about what young people want from the elections and their role in keeping the peace.
International efforts too frequently see young people simply as beneficiaries and recipients. Commonwealth Secretariat's Youth Division Director Katherine Ellis calls for change and tells Devex how global development professionals put youth-led development at the heart of their work.