Young People at the Centre

Participation and Social Change

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“Youth participation” is a popular buzzword in today’s development lexicon. But when is it a practical instrument of development, and when is it mere window-dressing? What does it mean in today’s rapidly changing societies – participation in change itself? This lively and provocative book draws together a host of experiences and views on the subject, from agencies and individuals in diverse fields. Perhaps the strongest message that emerges is that youth participation can be practiced in any setting, on any scale. But it rarely is. This prompts some contributors to ask, are young people the last group in society to suffer “legitimate” discrimination?




IN EARLY 1999 CIVICUS, the global alliance for citizen action, together with the Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP), brought together an ad hoc group of individuals and agencies working with young people. The intention was to create a forum for advocacy and action to engage young people in civil society and social change. The organisations involved included: World Association of Girls Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), International Youth Foundation (IYF), Development Education for Youth (DEFY), International Business Students Exchange (AIESEC), Commonwealth Youth Programme, Raleigh International and World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM).


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