Making space for youth in development co-operation

Editor’s note: Read the Nairobi Youth Statement from the Second High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership here.

Six months after the Second High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (HLM2), the youth that gathered and met in Nairobi have continued their work on making youth an active stakeholder in effective development co-operation. We come from all continents, and we represent civil society, grassroots organisations and government institutions. We are women, migrants, farmers and workers. We are members of faith-based organisations as well as indigenous communities. We are active members of the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE). We are cross-sectional, and we have created space for representation in state bureaucracy and parliament at national, regional and international levels.

The first step towards our goal was made possible by the government of Kenya, which hosted HLM2. Kenya granted the time and space to hold a Youth Forum, taking place alongside a Women’s Forum during the preparatory days preceding HLM2’s official two-day agenda. Much was discussed about the role of youth in development co-operation and, in consequence, about the role of youth in the Global Partnership. There was common agreement on two political and methodological issues of the Partnership:

  • There are no specific mechanisms within the Global Partnership’s multi-stakeholder platform that guarantee active youth participation
  • There are no specific indicators or tools that address or facilitate the gathering of information regarding youth involvement and participation in development co-operation

During the HLM2 formal discussions, many stakeholders spoke about the importance of investing in youth. But crucial questions remained unaddressed: Who should invest in youth? And how? As youth representatives, we have the answers to these questions. Yet, it seems that the youth message is not fully heard, despite our ostensible engagement in various fora and meetings.

We are real, concrete, active actors in development. We represent the largest youth population in the history of humanity. The implications of our size alone, in terms of workforce and consumption, but also regarding innovation and sustainability, among other things, is a simple and clear illustration of the importance of our role in society. Conversations around sustainable development and effective development co-operation must make space for youth advocacy, and must prioritise the collection of data on youth participation in the development and sustainability agendas.

The Youth Declaration drafted in Nairobi is our stand on youth engagement in development co-operation. It is time youth are no longer seen as passive recipients of development co-operation, but rather actively incorporated in the development discourse.

Effective Development Co-operation Monitoring Workshop Summary Now Available

Monitoring effective development co-operation: what have we achieved; how can we do better?, a workshop at the margins of the Second High-Level Meeting (HLM2) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation, took stock of progress in implementing the commitments for more effective development co-operation, mapping existing bottlenecks and discussing possible solutions.

Held on 29 November 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya, the workshop also assessed emerging challenges for development effectiveness and reflected on how to update the existing global monitoring framework in the context of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Discussions drew on the findings from the 2016 Global Partnership Progress Report, online consultations, regional consultations and other preparatory events held ahead of HLM2. Its conclusions were reported during HLM2’s first plenary.

The monitoring workshop’s six sessions gave participants the opportunity to engage in critical dialogue around the following topics:

1. Overview of the 2016 monitoring round
2. Increasing the focus on development results
3. Strengthening country ownership
4. Creating inclusive partnerships for development
5. Improving transparency and accountability
6. Updating and refining the Global Partnership’s monitoring framework for the future

Click here to read the summary of the workshop.
Click here to read the workshop’s agenda (French, Spanish).

Global Partnership Nairobi Outcome Document Released

Based on an inclusive consultation that concluded in Kenya at the Global Partnership’s Second High-Level Meeting (HLM2), the Nairobi Outcome Document was released on 1 December 2016. This document will help shape how existing and new development actors can partner to implement the 2030 Agenda and realise the SDGs.

The Nairobi Outcome Document is also available in Arabic, French and Spanish.

More information about the Outcome Document and HLM2 is available here.