Youth Participation in Development

Year of production: 2010

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The Youth Participation Guide aims to help build and harness young people as assets. It has been developed through an innovative process led by young people, which itself has reinforced their capacity to participate and lead. The Guide challenges negative stereotypes of youth and demonstrates how young people can positively contribute to development in four operational areas: organisational development, policy and planning, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation.
It also draws together case studies, resources and practical ‘how to’ guidance from around the world and draws on Sharing and Learning Networks established in two focus countries – Nepal and Uganda.


DFID–CSO Youth Working Group

The DFID / CSO Youth Working Group is a group of 11 organisations and a wider network of 30+ organisations concerned with youth involvement in international development. It was established in 2007, in partnership with DfID, to help put young people at the heart of the development, recognising their huge potential as partners and leaders in the process, as well as their specific needs as beneficiaries.