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Impact the youth

Focused on providing a platform for youth leadership development, HDF offers young people the opportunity to be global citizens, to make a positive impact on society .

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Youths are the potential strength of a nation; they constitute the pillar upon Which a nation is built. They are full of energy, enthusiasm and dynamism. Their potentials have to be channeled to enable them to play a constructive role in the socio-economic development of the country.

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Programme Areas

1.Youth, women Participation & Active Citizenship

Despite the rhetoric describing youth as “the leaders of today and tomorrow”, there are strikingly low levels of youth participation in public policy decision-making in Somalia. Young people remain on the periphery of socio-economic processes and governance structures, without recognition as social stakeholders with specific interest. The roots causes of this problem include inadequate (and sometimes the lack of) appropriate channels and opportunities for young people to engage at all levels of decision-making. Without the necessary structures and political space for galvanizing youth input into national policy formulation, the voices of youth are often excluded. At Somalia Youth Agenda, we are committed to providing opportunities for all young people to contribute to and benefit from national development.

2.Youth, women Policy & Governance

At Horn dialogue foundation, we believe that youth issues are better addressed when they are integrated into broader national development policies and programs rather than as stand-alone initiatives. Young people require special attention in all national policies and programs for several reasons. Evidence shows that their exclusion from national development policies and governance structures could demoralize them, undermine social cohesion and lead to social problems such as crime, drug abuse, vandalism, and general alienation in the vicious circle of poverty as it is evident over the last 22 years of civil war in Somalia.
The frustrations of youth have in the past provided excuses for adventurers to derail the process of democratization as was evident in Somalia’s own political history, and also in conflict ravaged countries in the West African sub-region. Thus, any policy for social, political and economic development in Somalia must recognize the importance of youth and youth in promoting social progress, reducing political tension and maximizing economic performance. At Somali Youth Agenda, we are committed to working with the newly endorsed Somali Federal Government and all relevant stakeholders, including youth themselves, to develop youth-inclusive policies and programs at local and national levels that will promote responsive, participative and inclusive governance.