USAID Policy on Youth In Development

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Outline of the Policy

I. Introduction: Youth In Development; Who are Youth
II. Challenges and Opportunity: A Global Snapshot
III. Goals and Objectives; Applying Selectivity
IV. Achieving Objective 1: Framework and Principles
V. Achieving Objective 2: Tactics to Mainstream and Integrate
VI. Agency Roles and Coordination
VII.Conclusion and Annexes

Challenges and Opportunities in Youth
• Realizing a Demographic Dividend
• Youth Economic Opportunity
• Youth Learning
• Youth Health
• Youth and Peace and Security

Policy Goal
USAID will improve the capacities and enable the aspirations of youth so that they can contribute to and benefit from more stable, democratic, and prosperous communities and nations.

Policy objectives
1. Strengthen youth programming, participation and partnership in support of Agency development objectives.
2. Mainstream and integrate youth issues and engage young people across Agency initiatives and operations.

Outcomes among Youth
• Youth are better able to access economic and social opportunities, share in economic growth, live healthy lives, and contribute to household, community, and national well-being.
• Youth are empowered to participate in building peaceful and democratic societies and are less involved in youth gangs, criminal networks, and insurgent organizations.
• Youth have a stronger voice in, and are better served by, local and national institutions, with more robust and youth-friendly policies.

Achieving Objective One:
Conceptual Framework Support Meeting basic youth developmental needs and valuing their contributions Protect Preventing and responding to violence, exploitation, abuse and neglect; and ensuring young people are safe and cared for Prepare Building youth competencies and skills needed to become informed, healthy and productive citizens Engage Creating channels for dialogue and participation to enable youth to contribute to their own and their communities’ development

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USAID Policy on Youth In Development

  1. 1. USAID Policy on Youth In Development October 2012
  2. 2. Outline of the Policy I. Introduction: Youth In Development; Who are Youth II. Challenges and Opportunity: A Global Snapshot III. Goals and Objectives; Applying Selectivity IV. Achieving Objective 1: Framework and Principles V. Achieving Objective 2: Tactics to Mainstream and Integrate VI. Agency Roles and Coordination VII.Conclusion and Annexes
  3. 3. Challenges and Opportunities in Youth • Realizing a Demographic Dividend • Youth Economic Opportunity • Youth Learning • Youth Health • Youth and Peace and Security
  4. 4. Policy Goal USAID will improve the capacities and enable the aspirations of youth so that they can contribute to and benefit from more stable, democratic, and prosperous communities and nations.
  5. 5. Policy objectives 1. Strengthen youth programming, participation and partnership in support of Agency development objectives. 2. Mainstream and integrate youth issues and engage young people across Agency initiatives and operations.
  6. 6. Outcomes among Youth • Youth are better able to access economic and social opportunities, share in economic growth, live healthy lives, and contribute to household, community, and national well-being. • Youth are empowered to participate in building peaceful and democratic societies and are less involved in youth gangs, criminal networks, and insurgent organizations. • Youth have a stronger voice in, and are better served by, local and national institutions, with more robust and youth-friendly policies.
  7. 7. Achieving Objective One: Conceptual Framework Support Meeting basic youth developmental needs and valuing their contributions Protect Preventing and responding to violence, exploitation, abuse and neglect; and ensuring young people are safe and cared for Prepare Building youth competencies and skills needed to become informed, healthy and productive citizens Engage Creating channels for dialogue and participation to enable youth to contribute to their own and their communities’ development
  8. 8. • Recognize youth participation as vital • Invest in assets and resilience • Account for differences and commonalities • Create second chances • Involve and support mentors, family, and communities • Pursue gender equality • Embrace youth innovation and technology Achieving Objective One: Guiding Principles
  9. 9. Achieving Objective Two •Mainstream youth into core initiatives •Integrate youth issues and participation throughout the design and development of programs •Expand support for local youth-led and youth-serving organizations •Strengthen the capacity of local governments and ministries to address youth •Improving monitoring, research and evaluation •Agency Roles and Coordination
  10. 10. Policy available at: http://transition.usaid.gov/our_wo rk/policy_planning_and_learning/ documents/Youth_in_Developme nt_Policy.pdf

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