Youth Participation in Development: A Guide for Development Agencies and Policy Makers

DFID-CSO Youth Working Group

This guide has been developed to assist donor agencies (multilateral and bilateral) and policy advisors in a range of organisations working with and for youth. It will also be useful for government, NGO and civil society partners. This guide aims to increase understanding of the growing importance of, and greater potential for, youth participation in development practice and to explore key issues and approaches. But it goes beyond the rhetoric of many policy advocacy papers, which simply argue for a focus on youth participation. Rather, this guide provides information on how to actually work with youth at a practical operational level in respect of policy and programming. It does this through the provision of promising practice case studies (and their associated resources), and a number of quality standards that will help organisations to get started.

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Time Change: Launch of USAID Youth Policy

USAID, The Alliance for International Youth Development (USAID)

A Message from USAID & The Alliance for International Youth Development (AIYD) :

Dear Attendee,

Due to an unforeseen conflict with USAID Deputy Administrator Don Steinberg's schedule, the start and end time for this Thursday's event has been adjusted. Please note the new time: 11:30 am - 1 pm (coffee, arrival at 11:00 am). 

Emerging Guidelines in Youth-Inclusive Financial Services

Making Cents International

As a result of collaborative input, case studies, and discussions with practitioners from financial services providers and youth-serving organizations, Making Cents International has identified six emerging guidelines.

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Policy Opportunities and Constraints to Access Youth Financial Services

UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)

Given the increasing youth population in developing countries, the high levels of youth unemployment and limited economic opportunities for youth, governments are increasingly looking for proactive approaches to help youth realize their full economic potential. Increased access to financial services and increased financial capability to use those services effectively to invest in their education, enterprises, and futures may provide that beacon. Yet youth face many barriers in accessing financial services, including restrictions in the legal and regulatory environment, inappropriate and inaccessible products and services and low financial capability. The public policy opportunity—and imperative—is evident.

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Youth Transitions and Financial Services: What does Policymaking have to do with it?


What are the Goal Posts? In Search of a Business Case for Youth Financial Services was presented under the Financial Services and Capabilities track at the 2012 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference. This presentation discusses why access to financial services is especially important to young people as they transition through important life stages and what policymakers can do about it.

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IREX Welcomes USAID’s New Policy for Youth in Development


Yesterday, USAID launched their first-ever policy for Youth in Development. The policy provides a framework to address youth systematically in line with proven best practices to support, protect, prepare, and engage youth to help them to achieve the best future for themselves and their communities and nations. The policy also provides guidance for integrating youth in core agency initiatives, bringing youth to the forefront of USAID’s work across all sectors.

Press Release: USAID Launches New Policy on Youth in Development


WASHINGTON, DC – United States Agency for International Development (USAID) today announced the release of USAID’s Policy on Youth in Development, the first Agency-wide guidance to recognize young people as a driving force in global development and promote youth participation as partners and leaders. The policy’s guiding principles support USAID’s efforts to mainstream youth in development, carry out effective programs, and elevate youth participation throughout the world.

New USAID Policy on Youth in Development


Press Release: International youth development community applauds USAID’s new Policy for Youth In Development

Alliance for International Youth Development (AIYD)

WASHINGTON (November 1, 2012) – The Alliance for International Youth Development (AIYD) today welcomes the launch of USAID’s first-ever Policy for Youth In Development as a timely and important demonstration of USAID’s commitment to an historic cohort of young people worldwide.

Welcome Call to Action: Working with Youth in Development

Plan International USA

As an active member of the Alliance for International Youth Development (AIYD), Plan International USA applauds USAID on the launch of the Youth in Development Policy! Along with many others in the development community, Plan has been anxiously awaiting the Policy’s launch. Plan’s work focuses on empowering children and youth in 50 developing countries, and this Policy offers an important reinforcement of the need to engage this population for lasting impact. We also congratulate Maame Yankah, a Youth Ambassador for Plan, for her participation in the Policy Launch Event, but more importantly for her many contributions to communities in Ghana and the US.