YSD seeks to promote young people inclusive civil engagement

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Youth Sustainable Development (YSD) said they are pursuing to promote young peoples’ effective inclusiveness in civic engagement at all levels in the country.

The organisation focuses on youth civic engagement by governments, UN entities, multilateral organizations, CSOs, youth and researchers.

They said on 12 August 2015, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) with the support of the UN Inter-agency Network on Youth Development supported youth development agenda for sustainable growth.

The organisation also aim at empowering youth to take lead roles and actively participate in community development initiatives.

“There is urgent need to identify and respond to barriers that limit youth access to information and their ability to meaningfully engage with the development agenda,” the organisation’s president Alieu bah told the Youth Forum.

He called on governments around the world to actively engage young people in decision making processes from policy formulation to implementation. “This will enable them to understand their rights and to advocate for them and that will further encourage them to take active part in the development process of their societies and countries.”

The organisation also targets to facilitate youth participation in economic, social, health and environmental development of the community and country at large with the goal to connect, share knowledge, ideas, experiences, skills, and strategies on sustainable youth development issues.

“It is also our goal to promote and improve the living conditions and health standards of the young people and increase their participation together with women in decision–making processes and promote the principles of peace and understanding among young people throughout The Gambia.”

Meanwhile, National Youth Council have recently ended regional and district consultations in the Upper River Region of The Gambia on Irregular Migration with specific focus on Children on move.

The consultation is funded by Italian government through UNICEF Gambia and implemented by the Gambia National Youth Council and the department of Social Welfare.

It targets regional and district authorities, youth and women; Multi disciplinary facilitation teams (MDFTs), community leaders, and Village Development Committee in all 7 districts of the region to discuss on issues of irregular migration and children on the move.

What are the challenges and some possible solutions and what support mechanism to put in place to support successful reintegration of child returnees?

The team held a meeting with deputy governor, Technical Advisory Committee members, Chiefs, youth and women in Basse and later move to Diabugu in Sandu District where they had a meeting with MDFTs, ward councilors, youth and women, village heads, and members of various communities.