Youth 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.

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