BRUSSELS – Adding youth voices in the development effectiveness agenda was the central point of discussion during the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) Global Youth Meeting in Brussels, Belgium last 7-8 August.
The meeting marks the first gathering of youth groups from various regions and sectors engaging in development effectiveness.
“We have been looking for a youth voice and this is it,” said Humphrey Omukuti, from the Neutral Self-Help Youth Group in Kenya.
The Brussels meeting successfully achieved the following:
– Created consensus on the objectives of the youth sector;
– Clarified guidelines on membership;
– Set out initial plans until the end of 2014; and
– Established an interim global youth coordinating committee.
Participants also discussed their own ways of working and how the youth as a unified sector could contribute to the development effectiveness agenda.
“It is important to be part of the process because the youth constitutes a majority of population of nations and they are the future leaders so there is a need to participate in decision-making and policies around development issues,” added Eugene Ngalim of the Cameroon Youths for Peace (CAMYOSFOP).
“Integrating youth representation in the CPDE structure is a step towards a truly inclusive partnership that all should emulate,” said Jorge Balbis, CPDE Co-Chair and Executive Director of Asociación Latinoamericana de Organizaciones de Promoción al Desarrollo (ALOP).
“We look forward with excitement and enthusiasm to the youth sector’s newly forged partnership with CPDE,” he added.
The CPDE global youth meeting is part of a series of outreach efforts to new sectors engaged in development effectiveness.#