Youth Initiative

DIRECT DELIVERY: Young people leading their own development

GENERATION OF LEADERSHIP: A network of thousands, Restless for life

SHAPING POLICY AND PRACTICE: Changing the way the World works


BUILDING A STRONGER YOUTH SECTOR: Supporting the youth-led movement

SHARING CARING AND LEARNING: Showing how to do youth-led development

Global Agreements Grassroots Advocacy Toolkit




"Twekembe Development association and African Cultural Development (ACD Arts) believe and look to implement this toolkit which explains why and how young people can be involved in governance and ac- countability processes and supports young people to build an advocacy plan so that they can in uence the post-2015 development process. It has been created to be used in conjunction with a report by Overseas Development Institute, Twekembe Development Association and ACD Arts calls ‘Partners for Change. Youth and Governance in a Post-2015 World"



The Way to a New Strategy



To place you the young people on the core of the process leading to the development of our new strategy in 2016 and bring as many youth voices as possible to the most important issues facing young people in 2016 and beyond. As a values-led organization, we leveraged our deep access to young people and wide partner- ships to increase our existing expertise, draw in more insights into this process, and develop the best ideas for a radical, yet tangible, vision and strategy to guide us beyond 2016

Partners for Change



Young People and Governance in a Post-2015 World released in September 2014 demonstrated how youth participation, at all levels of decision making, builds good governance structures. It also explores the op- portunities and the barriers that exist for young people engaging in participation governance processes and supports a standalone on goal on governance in the post-2015 development agenda, with the role of young people clearly defined as part of this goal.



Challenges faced



  • Lack of premises to cater for youths we get out bad places like criminal groups Sickness.
  • High unemployment rate of youths (lack of job activities to employ them) Illitracy about Sexual Health of youths within the community.
  • Many young girls fall victims of early teenage pregnancies Female Genital Mutilation






In this critical moment for youth, people and planet, we believe that the challenge of Peak Youth can no longer be ignored. We are calling for politicians, businesses and opinion formers to come together with young people to explore the answers to these questions together.

The Definition: What do you mean by young people?

Around the world, the terms “youth”, “adolescent”, and “young person” are interchanged, often meaning the same thing. De nitions of the speci c age range that constitutes youth vary. The most common international de nition, used by the United Nations and the World Bank, de nes youth as between the ages of 15-24; however, at a national level, youth is de ned in some countries from as early as 12 years, to as old as 40 years.

We do not use a xed age range to de ne “youth.” We recognise that youth refers to a phase of life when a person moves from a time of dependence (childhood) to independence (adulthood). As a default, we use the term “youth” as individuals aged 15-24; however, we are exible to the speci c national contexts within which we work. We use the broader term “young people” to describe all children, youth and young adults up to the age of 30.


Youth-led development refers to our approach to development; driven and guided by young people and youth, drawing upon their energy, creativity and skills to create positive change. This is done on a small and large scale, and implicitly values young people and youth as an asset for society.