From 2012 to 2015, The Hague Academy contributed to the Youth Engagement Programme in Burundi, South Sudan and the Palestinian Territories. The programme worked with a three-level approach. The first level focuses on capacity building of local partners in advocating for improving the socio-economic position of young men and women. In turn, these CSOs support and strengthen the capacity of political parties, political movements and local leaders and council members. At the second level, the programme aims to increase youth participation in political parties and interest groups. The programme provides training to all stakeholders on participatory governance and public leadership to young women and men. The third level focuses on enhancing multi-party and multi-stakeholder dialogue on improving the socio-economic position of youth, involving relevant local partners, CSOs, interest groups and political parties, higher education institutions, enterprises, business associations, business development organisations and employee organisations/unions and their youth representation/delegations.
The overall objective of the program is to reduce instability in three fragile state environments, through strengthening the institutional capacity of relevant political, administrative and civil society stakeholders to improve the social-economic position of young women and men.