Youth Engagement Program (YEP) 2012-2015

From 2012 to 2015, The Hague Academy contributed to the Youth Engagement Program in Burundi, South Sudan and the Palestinian Territories. 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.

To achieve this, a three-level approach is implemented. 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 – including business associations, unions, etc. 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.

Objectives:

  1. Reducing instability in three fragile state environments;
  2. Strengthening the institutional capacity of relevant political, administrative and civil society stakeholders to improve the social-economic position of young women and men;
  3. Capacity building of local partners in advocating for improving the socio-economic position of young men and women;
  4. Increasing youth participation in political parties and interest groups;
  5. Enhancing multi-party and multi-stakeholder dialogue on improving the socio-economic position of youth.

Deliverables/Outcomes:

  • Through the leadership programme and the training on good governance, democracy and youth participation and accountability, the knowledge and skills of the young participants will be improved in the field of interest.
  • Through their involvement in the networks and dialogues more cooperation and alliances between youth and decision makers will be build, which will be important for the positions individuals will have or get in the future and will, in general, contribute to more inclusion, cohesion and democracy in the reconstruction process of the country.

Partners:

  • SPARK