Youth

A Symphony Of Hope

By UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME “I play the bassoon in the orchestra,” says Alberto Samudio. “This has become my career, my professional path, my life’s work. Alberto plays with the Orchestra Mario de Obaldía, which is part of the National Network of Children’s and Youth Orchestras and Choirs of Panama. “Being part of the Orchestra has encouraged many young people in my community to exchange weapons for a musical instrument, to stay off the streets … to change their lives for good,” Alberto says. Alberto Samudio (left) listens to directions while his partner plays a piece. Like Alberto, more than 1000 children and adolescents from Panama are part of the Network, a project of the National Institute of Culture (INAC) with support from the United Na...

Closing gender gaps throughout the life course

Our choices and opportunities, from childhood to older-age, accumulate over the life course. Breaking patterns of inequality requires us to consider the full cycle of life and identify critical intervention periods and cumulative deprivations. Children who do not have access to early childhood education may not learn as efficiently later. Youth who have a limited education, may resort to informal work or be unemployed, which can later lead to an insufficient pension. Older people may suffer illnesses and disabilities brought on from past physical labour or insufficient preventive health care. Recent Human Development Reports have experimented with presenting data in a way that highlights the gaps in capabilities and opportunities between women and men from childhood through older age. The ...

Helping Uganda’s Youth to “Line Up, Live Up” and Build Resilience Through Sports

In its ongoing efforts to reduce the risk of anti-social behaviour amongst its large youth population, and to help young people stay away from crime and drug use, Uganda has partnered with UNODC to use sports and physical education to that end. Preparations have started with a programming mission last week, piloting UNODC’s evidence-informed life skills training ” Line Up, Live Up“, with the support of key Ugandan government and civil society actors. For example, the Uganda Youth Development Link (UYDEL ) , an NGO that works with disadvantaged youth aged 10-24 in marginalized communities around the country, is ready to deploy new prevention practices such as UNODC’s special life skills training curriculum. During the visit of UNODC’s Johannes De Haan to Kampal...

U-Report Cote d’Ivoire Ignites a Youth Movement: 5 lessons on creating content to equitably engage girls and boys

In Cote d’Ivoire, more than 50% of our population are under the age of 25. These 14 million young activists and changemakers within their community represent the generation that will lead progress towards a future that is brighter, better, and more gender equitable. Across the country, many of these girls and boys have raised their voices on the issues, challenges, and concerns they face, coming together to build a movement. And one innovative mobilizing platform that Cote d’Ivoire’s youth movement has been using is UNICEF’s U-Report. © UNICEF/FrankDejongh U-Report Cote d’Ivoire was launched in January 2017 as a platform that amplifies the voices, concerns and solutions of young people. U-Report users, called U-Reporters, can share, receive, and respond to content like polls and surveys on...

Decent Work Opportunities Central to Achieving Inclusive Growth in Asia and the Pacific

The 2015 Human Development Report (HDR) considers major changes in the world of work, affecting when, how, and where people work. Technological progress, deepening globalization, aging societies and environmental challenges are transforming work, posing challenges to all societies and with deep implications for human development. The report urges societies to act now to prevent widening inequalities, emanating from these challenges. For Asia and the Pacific, a region that is home to two-thirds of the world’s working-age population, the availability and quality of work becomes central to ensuring the human development progress. In fact, as the report highlights, the region may have been experiencing fast growth and rapid human development, but not necessarily fast job creation. Unless actio...

New hope through youth

Human development is about everyone’s future. But no one should have a greater interest in that future than the world’s young people because the future will shape so much more of their lives than older age groups. And yet, in most countries, young people have little say in the decisions that will determine their future. Lasting, sustainable change can only be achieved in a coalition between the young and the old. Recent years have seen several initiatives to give youth greater influence in development planning. National human development reports, focusing on the needs and wants of young people, have been written in countries including Mongolia, Somalia and Turkey. These reports continue to have an impact. In Turkey for example some 3,000 youth took part in a survey, and twenty-eight focus ...

Youth: A Thematic Guidance Note

Find out more about National Human Development Reports with Guidance notes! This note should be read in conjunction with the Regional/National Human Development Report Toolkit. It could also be read alongside one of several useful reports on meaningful youth participation, such as this one from UNICEF. While the toolkit provides general guidance on preparing a Regional or National Human Development Report, this note gives some specific suggestions on how to approach the issue of youth as a topic for such a report. This note was prepared by the Human Development Report Office at UNDP. Christina Hackmann was the lead author.  nhdr_guidance_note_youth_2.pdf Photo: Cover of the Youth Guidance Note This guidance note was originally published by HDRO.

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