Engaging and Empowering Youth in Local Governance and Economic Opportunities: Tools and Lessons for Accountability

Author(s): 
Amy roca, Chikumbutso Mtemwa, Katy Vickland, Ryan Young, Gerardo Berthin
Organization/Affiliation(s): 
Palladium, Management Systems International (MSI), Tetra Tech, Ad Hoc Commission in the Community Development Council
Resource Type: 
Publication Date: 
Oct 3, 2019

Young people continue to remain at the margins of the political, social, and economic mainstream in most parts of the world. Policy processes and institutions are still characterized by limited youth participation. Young men and women are very often disillusioned with political leadership and institutions and feel excluded from policy development and monitoring. 

Palladium will address youth economic empowerment. From an economic opportunity perspective, the empowerment of young men and women through program co-creation, implementation, and monitoring, evaluation and learning particularly at the local level, plays a pivotal role in promoting program success. It ensures that their rights are promoted and that their voices are heard, that inter-generational knowledge is shared, and that innovation and critical thinking are encouraged. 

This presentation shares Tetra Tech's strategies and provides lessons from Guatemala, Colombia, and the Caribbean. It shares Palladium’s youth and gender engagement framework, as implemented in Malawi.  We also engage participants in an interactive exercise to apply our proven youth engagement checklists to their own programming to yield actionable insights and initiatives.

Topic: 
Monitoring & Evaluation
Regions: 
Latin America & the Caribbean
Tags: 
Conflict Area
Conflict Prevention
Governance & Policy
Youth