The European Youth Forum’s publication builds on the idea that civil society organisations, including youth organisations, perform a number of functions that are necessary in promoting and safeguarding basic human rights and democracy. In this context, the research explores various dimensions of current challenges, revealing, among others, that in their quest to facilitate the above mentioned process – i.e. of youth becoming an agent of social change – youth organisations have to overcome significant challenges. The paper proposes a classification into four groups, challenges related to
1) freedom of information and expression;
2) exercising their rights of assembly and association;
3) their quest to secure and facilitate citizen participation; and
4) human rights and the rule of law.